this is the scarf that I 'designed' recently for my planned Beginner's Crochet class over at Purl's Palace.
I wanted something suitable for a spring/summer project, that would be simple [ but not necessarily look it ] and would incorporate all the basic stitches ... I think that this is one of the strengths of crochet. While a beginner knitter would probably be condemned to endless practising of garter stitch and plain stocking /stockinette, a novice crocheter can leap straight into churning out quite reasonable lace.
The cream is made with a single ball of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and a 3.5mm hook, the blue is again a single ball, this time Rare Yarns Endare 4ply with a 3mm hook.
I made the blue one first and while I love the yarn, the slight halo and a tendency towards splittyness makes it perhaps a less than ideal choice for the first project.
Enter the Debbie Bliss which worked just fine and had the added advantage of being a lot less work because it's a slightly thicker yarn on a bigger hook.
So what I'm asking the non-crocheters amongst you is ... how does this strike you as a prospective first project?