Starflower Hexagon (crochet granny) - would be an interesting alternative for the african flower motif animals
Corner-start diagonal granny square, helpful new technique
I've decided to share the links to my corner started diagonally worked granny square and rectangle. The granny square is here, and the rectangle is here.
Tricolor Square ( from 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans A nice change from the Granny Square!
Classic Granny Square Pattern, crochet squares together to create a blanket, alternate inside colors for a cute design!
Crochet Granny Square Free Patterns: Crochet Animal, Flower, Heart, Granny Square with Free Patterns and video for beginner and seasoned crocheters.
Great pictures in tutorial!