Start with 3 colors. Each block is 9 stitches so for however wide you want the blanket, count in 9 to get your foundation (always make it an uneven number of "blocks) eg: 19 blocks(makes it about long) stitches then add 4 sc for the foundation row.
Discover thousands of images about Ripple stitch + broomstick lace (sort of), very nice for shawls, etc.: photo from a Russian site; and here is a Turkish video that provides good demo instruction even if you don
Many crochet stitches are beautiful, but we think the star stitch is gorgeous for anything you want to work up. You can learn it with this How to Crochet Star Stitch Tutorial. This is a video tutorial with great written instructions as well.
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