I just finished my first afghan of the season. I'm working on three. ;-) I wanted this smaller afghan to sit on my chair. I sit on my rocker recliner, laptop in lap, to work each day. I'm very near our fireplace, which has a cold draft when not in use, so it will be nice to have a warm afghan to put on my legs while I'm working each day! I wanted this in autumn colors both because that's the season and because my house is decorated in autumn colors.
The afghan was made with three different square (let me know if you want the patterns)--"open work", "criss-cross", and a double crochet-single crochet repeat. Then I did four rounds of 1/2 double crochet as a border for the afghan. Pretty pleased with the results.