Here is a very easy FREE pattern I have used for 2 baby blankets and one large afghan:
Diagonal Pattern Baby Blanket
[/SIZE][/B][B]Lion Brand®[/B] Homespun® [B]GAUGE:[/B][INDENT]9 sts and 18 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in garter stitch (knit every row) BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.[/INDENT]
[/B]Cast on 5 stitches. Knit 1 row.[B]
Next row [/B]Knit 3, yo, k 2.
[B]Next row [/B]Knit 3, yo, k 3.
[B]Next row [/B]Knit 3, yo, knit to end.
Repeat last row until there are 126 stitches on needle.
[B]Next Decrease Row [/B]Knit 2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end.
Repeat last row until there are 7 stitches on needle.
[B]Next Decrease Row [/B]Knit 2, k2tog, k2tog, k to end.
Bind off remaining 5 stitches.