You can use a round afghan crochet pattern to make a number of small, circular household items such as coasters, place mats and cushion covers. You can also continue to grow the crochet circles by adding more rows to make baby blankets, tablecloths and throws. The round ripple afghan has a star-burst design that is ideal for kitchen trivets or Christmas tree skirts.
AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns.com offers a number of round afghan crochet patterns online, including spiral designs and round ripple patterns. Crochet a basic round pattern or spiral pattern with thick wool to make sturdy mats or cushion covers. The basic beginner's round ripple design suits coasters and table cloths. Use a light pastel-colored wool to make a soft, vintage-style baby's blanket with the popcorn effect afghan pattern, or crochet a colorful Spiderman blanket in red, blue and black using a round ripple afghan.
AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns.com also offers a number of instructional videos, including one that shows how to crochet a spiral round afghan baby blanket, another on how to read a crochet pattern, and a couple that show beginners how to form basic crochet stitches.
TheCrochetCrowd.com features a pattern for a six-point Christmas tree skirt to cover the base of artificial trees.