I recently purchased The Crochet Handbook & Stitch Guide, edited by Ruth Patrick. I decided it was high time to learn how to crochet and I certainly chose the correct book for such an endeavor. Last night I made a single crochet stitch wash cloth and this afternoon I made a half double crochet stitch wash cloth.
The reason I want to learn crochet is fairly simple, I want to make a granny square afghan like this:
and amigurmi cuties like this: