Everyone needs an afghan or two to throw over the couch for chilly days, and the more basic, the better. The Essential Effortless Afghan is a super-simple knit blanket pattern that can be adapted to fit any color scheme or decorating theme.
Great idea: "For this blanket, Jane used double moss stitch and knit five "scarves" that were then sewn into one big blanket." Find a scarf pattern (or two) and then make scarves in to a blanket. More interesting than knitting a whole blanket!