Beautiful doesn't need to be difficult!
This is the pattern I use during my beginner workshops. It is a great starting to point to work on your tension and by the time you have finished your small blanket your working a double crochet with your eyes closed!!
Stitches you'll be working:
Half Double Crochet
New Zealand Wool - I recommend merino or merino mix.
In the blanket pictured I used 6x 50g balls.
Want to make it a bit bigger, go for this many balls:
Bassinet: 10x 50g balls
Cot: 16x 50g balls
Couch: 20x 50g balls.