I taught myself how to crochet using books with diagrams and Youtube videos. My first project was a simple blanket I made for my daughter. It's just row after row of double crochet with no border using Red Heart yarn and a size N/9mm hook.
I began my learning on March 5, 2008. To date, I have made several swatches and 4 blankets, currently working on my first Granny Square blanket.