As of 2014, some good afghan patterns for crochet beginners include a pattern for a basket weave twist afghan, a ruffled baby blanket and a crocheted diamonds throw. All of the patterns are available for free at FaveCrafts.com.
These patterns include a list of required materials and step-by-step instructions for completing each row of the afghan. The patterns offer advice on how to complete the edging and give the afghan a completed look. Although the patterns suggest the color of the yarn, the beginner knitter can choose other colors. The pattern for the ruffled baby blanked includes an explanation for commonly used abbreviations in the patterns.