Need an afghan and quick? Check out the Marvelous Mile a Minute Afghan Pattern! It'll take you next to no time to crochet and will look fabulous when you're finished. It's an easy crochet blanket pattern when you're in a time crunch.
Ripple Blanket Know-How ~ The most comprehensive, easily-understood tutorial for making a ripple blanket from start to finish. *Very* detailed written instructions in simple conversational style, with tons of step-by-step photos (perfect for a beginner).