Stumped on what you should give the soon-to-be-born prince or princess in your life? In a world of baby showers filled with sock monkeys, Disney-decorated disposable diapers and loud baby toys, be the baby shower guest with the gift that will delight both the baby and their parents: a beautiful crochet baby blanket. It's a fun, practical gift that will get plenty of use-- without driving poor Mom nuts like your average handmade baby rattle! (And even better: it comes with a bonus pattern for a matching crown.) Though the result is beautiful, this pattern is actually very easy; it's perfect for beginning crocheters who may need to build their confidence on easy patterns. The blanket is sized to 35 x 35 inches (89 x 89 centimeters), and requires a crochet hook sized H 8/5 mm. The blanket's body is made with a Houndstooth stitch utilizing yarns (A) and (B), and the edging is worked in reverse single crochet stitch with yarn (C). The simple edging provides the perfect complement to the blanket's neutral, unobtrusive color scheme; it provides a royalty-worthy burst of color, and at the same time creates a professional, finished look. Any infant wrapped in this blanket will surely be runway-ready-- after all, when your wardrobe consists mostly of onesies and Disney diapers, your blanket is your best available accessory! Perhaps the best thing about this pattern is its versatility. Don't know the baby's gender? Get started on your blanket in a neutral color; you've got plenty of time to figure out what you want to do with the edging. Want to create a soft, feminine blanket worthy of a baby Rapunzel? Use the classic pinks and purples to make her the envy of the nursery. Looking to create a fitting blanket for a strapping young prince? Natural shades of blue, green or brown are perfect for a more masculine look. Of course, no royal baby could be satisfied without a crown. The pattern for the crown is a little more complex than the blanket, but with some practice, it should be suitable for beginners. Just make sure Mom and Dad aren't tempted to try to wear the crown themselves!