I came up with this little number a few years ago and have made it again and again for friends who were expecting, but it's a great toddler blanket, too. If you make it with the Red Heart Kids yarn, it's a nice heavy weight with crisp stitches and TOTALLY washable and able to take a pounding. It's very durable. In fact, my 6 year-old pulled hers out from eons ago and was snuggling under it on the couch last night while watching a movie. This is a great blanket that knits up fast, fast, fast! And it really only involves a 2-stitch pattern repeat. This pattern is available in my Ravelry store. Check it out!
By the by ... if you are blog hopping, and you live in a small town on PURPOSE, you might check out this great blog I just came across: Tall Tales from a Small Town.