It's no secret that I'm a great fan of the granny square but I have been known to make other types of blanket. My favourite of these other types has to be the Superstar blanket. It grows quickly, is very easy to do once you've established the star shape, and never fails to look impressive.
Crochet Crowd. You can view the tutorial here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_vMJWWgyJo&feature=youtu.be