I'm pretty sure that just about everyone is pretty chilly to downright cold right now. That being said, knitting or crocheting a blanket seems like the perfect project. This crochet block stitch border pattern from the book Crochet Blankets: Complete.
Basket weave crochet stitch - I've been seeing this stitch a lot lately. Quite a few nice stitches here but I hope I can figure it out from the pictures because the written instructions are in French & the translation is horrible!