My first project of 2013 (which took me just over a week) was a baby blanket. My friend requested a ripple baby blanket in gender-neutral colors including yellow and green. This is what I came up with.
Pattern: "Shades of Coral" by Jan Eaton, found in the book 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns
Yarn: Mostly Vanna's Choice and Vanna's Baby and a little bit of Lion Brand Pound of Love. I picked greens and yellows first and then added beige and white to round out the colors. I like using acrylic for baby items because of its softness, durability, and how easy it is to care for.
Hook size: I, 5.5 mm.
Size: I measured the blanket agains the quilt I used to have in MY crib as a baby ("Quilty"). Although I didn't record the finished dimensions, this blanket would be called "crib-sized" so it will won't be out grown for a while (if ever).
Notes: This was a really great and fast project. I actually began at the end of December (12/30) and finished it by January 9th! I tucked the ends in as I went along, so that I didn't have to worry about them after it was done. The border is one row of single crochet. I didn't do any adjustments along the top and bottom ripples as I made the border. I'm very happy with this project!