If you're new to crochet and want a simple project to start you off, try making a headband. Crocheted from one rectangle, a headband will introduce you to the basics like making a chain stitch, working the double crochet and fastening off. Make one for yourself or as a last-minute gift for a girlfriend.
Make a slipknot by forming a pretzel-shaped loop with the yarn. Insert the crochet hook into the center of this loop, draw the yarn through the loop and pull on the tail to tighten.
Bring the yarn over the hook, from back to front, and pull through the hook to make the first chain. Repeat until you have 77 chains on your hook.
Work a double crochet into the third chain from the hook. To do this, bring the yarn over the hook and pull through the loop. Work a yarn over and pull through again. Repeat into each chain along the row.
Chain two at the beginning of the next row and then work a double crochet into each double crochet across the row.
Repeat Step 4 a further two times.
Fasten off your work by puling the yarn through the last loop of your work. Break off the yarn, leaving a 10-inch tail.
Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle. Sew the two ends of the headband together by guiding the needle under and over the last row of stitches on each end. When completed, tie a knot in the yarn to secure and break off any excess.
Keep a firm grip of your crochet hook to ensure evenly-sized stitches. Crochet more rows for a wider headband.