When my nephew Kyle and his wife Amanda had their son, I wanted to make something unique and unusual, with a "bright and dark" motif.
This pattern - Op Art, available on Ravelry for free, hit the right note. The pattern is visually stimulating as well as soft and warm. It is worked in the round from the center out. It got a little tedious near the end with finding longer needle cords. I loved it's "off-center" design and slightly not perfectly squared shape. The blanket was a big hit with the new parents and grandparents.