Since I have a lot of black and white yarn, and also that I live in a huge Nascar household, I have decided to do a race flag afghan. I don't know if it will look like a checkerboard flag when I'm done, but that's the intention.
I'm using one of my favorite patterns for the afghan. It's the dottie angel ordinarily extraordinary blanket pattern. You can find the how-to here http://dottieangel.blogspot.com/2010/06/ordinarily-extraordinary-blanket-how-to.html . The pattern is super easy to follow and I love the fact that the blanket is joined as you go. I've made this type of blanket several times before and I always love how it turns out.
As for the particulars, I am using Red Heart yarn and a J hook.
I whipped out my measuring tape a bit ago and the afghan is a few inches over 60 inches in length. That should be adequate for a throw. I hope. My family is constantly reminding me that 3 of the 5 members are much taller than Small T and I. I apparently have a history of making things for short people. LOL