I have trying to teach myself to crochet on/off for about 8 mos now. I actually started an afghan that's all single crochet and "thought" I was doing it correctly. I had to put it away because we moved our family out of state. During this time I have been practicing my stitches making small sample squares. I was getting frustrated because according to the other books I have, I was doing it correctly. But, the edges of my sc samples seemed really lacey or "holey".
Last night I was unpacking a box and came across this booklet. After spending about 15 minutes reading the basic sc instructions I realized I had been doing it wrong this whole time! This booklet has THE BEST illustrations compared to all the others I have purchased! Between the instructions and wonderful diagrams, I discovered that I was going into the 3rd ch from the hook instead of the 2nd (which is where I should have been). None of my other books or booklets for beginners shows you where your hook should go as well as this booklet.
Also, as a new crocheter, I was having trouble with that "elusive" last stitch on each row. NONE of my other instruction books actually show it. This one does and up close!
I plan on "frogging" my started afghan tonight and have no doubt that by tomorrow, I will have it restarted....CORRECTLY this time.
This is a wonderful booklet for beginners. THE BEST I'VE SEEN!!! Plus, its available in a version for left handers too!