Starting your first crochet project can be daunting. Watching another person on video complete what you're about to do can help a lot with your confidence. Especially if you need to rewind several times. Here are great projects that you can do in as little as 30 minutes and most won't take more than an afternoon. Ideas include a scarf, cowl, baby's afghan and more.
Mikey from The Crochet Crowd uses three balls of Bernat Baby Blanket yarn to make an afghan for a newborn based on a granny square. The large yarn makes it possible to finish this blanket in three hours (at least that's how long it took Mikey, you may need more time).
If you're daunted by a big crochet project, it never hurts to start small. Jessica P. demonstrates how she crochets washcloths out of cotton yarn for her toddler. Make sure to pick an absorbent yarn. Jessica learned by watching and rewinding crochet videos, so now you can learn from her.
If you want to crochet something cozier, follow SimpleHookedCrochet's instructions for a Simple Cowl. The videos uses a lot of nice close-ups to explain every step. When you're done, you'll have a stylish piece that shows how beautiful things can be made with simple stitches.
The scarf made by Jayda InStitches is so easy you can make it in a half hour a.k.a. 30 minutes! She also explains how to double crochet, in case you don't know. Need a last-minute gift? Just make one.
Crochet Geek explains how to make a tablet cover with a couple of yarn balls and a size G crochet hook. Don't worry if you don't have the same 7-inch tablet she does. Her instructions allow you to customize it.