Granny Spike Stitch - leaves fewer gaps, because the second double crochet is crochet through the top of the second double crochet of the row below. Possibly use a dc,tc, dc pattern in the clusters?
I know this as the "icicle stitch". Super easy to do, works up fast and looks great!
Crochet Blanket Tutorial
V Stitch - crochet
crochet daisy | ... tulip - a handmade mishmosh: New pink daisy blanket almost complete
Kindra's Crochet Corner-to-Corner C2C Navy, Gray (Grey Mist) and White baby blanket with scalloped edge Pattern Tutorial
Crochet Rainbow Shell Blanket Free Pattern | The WHOot
The WHOot Best Crochet and Knitting
Gorgeous colors and patterning on this crochet blanket that Esther inherited from her daughter who stopped working on it. On Esther's Blog.
Racetrack Rug (free crochet pattern -- must make for my little boy when he's old enough to play with cars :).