I knitted this blanket before we had the baby. Since we didn't know whether she would be a boy or a girl (and honestly I would have guessed that we were having a boy) I tried to choose a neutral pattern. This blanket turned out to be quite sweet though. Too sweet for an Axel but just perfect for an Anastasia :)
I found the basic pattern on Pinterest for free with no one taking credit so here it is:
CO 144 stitches
Row 1: k1 yo k3 k2tog k2tog k3 yo k1. Repeat
Row 2: purl
Row 3: knit
Repeat these three rows until blanket reaches desired length.
For those interested, I used 8 balls of chunky yarn (9 or 10 would have been good too) and size 6 circular needles. It was described as a squishy blanket which was what attracted me and I concur. It is lovely and squishy!