This is a great baby shower gift. Easy enough that you can work on it while watching movies by the air conditioner. This is my plan to beat the heat the next couple of days.
Checker Baby Blanket
You will need: 5 skeins or so skeins of your favorite aran weight baby yarn. Cotton is great for this and bamboo is even better!
Cast on 125 stitches
Row1-6: K5, P5 all across
Row 7-12: P5, K5 all across
Repeat these rows throughout.
You can add a garter stitch border if you like by Knitting the 1st 4 rows as well as adding 4 knit stitches at the beginning and end of each row. Also your last 4 rows will be knit before you bind off. Your cast on will be 133 if yuo add the garter stitch border.
Bind off at desired length.