Looking for some great color and interesting pattern without lots of crochet skills? Check out the dotted doubles. Simple, pretty and wonderful! Free crochet stitch pattern tutorial with great pictures!
Incredible Source of Knitting Patterns! Over 50 Eyelet & Lace Stitches. Whether you are a beginning lace knitter or a pro looking for a new challenge, you will be sure to find several knitted lace stitches that you will want to try.
Ravelry: Bright Textures Blanket pattern by Bernat Design Studio. I've done 2 afghans with this Bernat pattern (one as a scrap afghan, the other to match a decor) and both turned out beautifully. I would highly recommend this pattern.