If you are the crafty sort, I'd bet you've heard of Vickie Howell, knitting/crochet instructor, author, TV host, extraordinaire. She has come up with a free crochet blanket pattern inspired by the Missoni for Target chevron blanket. Here you can see her sample blanket in which she used her own (new!) yarn line for Caron.
As you can see, depending on your color palette, this blanket could be used as a decorative accent in a child's room, nursery, the family living room - the chevron pattern is a classic! I had the chance to play with some of Vickie's beautiful yarn and try out this pattern myself. As a person that mostly uses acrylic, nylon or cotton blends because of skin allergies, I can vow that Vickie's wool blend is really soft and not itchy. I love the jewel tone colors as well. And as a novice crocheter myself, I found her pattern to be easy to follow. Here's a photo of my progress:
Thanks Vickie for this fabulous free pattern!