Crochet patterns for beginners - One time saving trick is to alter crochet designs by using a larger crochet hook. Standardized crochet hooks come in sizes 2-15 mm labeled by ascending letters. An "I" hook which is 5.5 mm is an ideal selection. Although an "I" hook is great for most projects, you will want to stick to a smaller hook when crafting baby blankets to ensure a tighter stitch. If selecting a very large hook, such as an "N" or "P" you will want to use two strands or a thicker yarn for added stabilization.
Rather than spending weeks crocheting a queen sized crochet afghan patterns, decrease the number of rows to create a "lapghan" instead. Many people prefer lap blankets as they are less cumbersome than typical crochet designs for larger blankets while still maintaining its function of keeping you warm.