And not only is it a hobby that you can have fun with and use your imagination but you can really be industrial with it. If so the first thing that comes to mind is a granny square hat.
When someone asks you to make something for them, write it in a notebook. An afghan blanket can be used as a comforter and as a bedspread. When you begin to crochet you start with a slip stitch on a hook.
All you need to read a pattern is to know how to do your crochet stitches and remember that they are abbreviated in the pattern. Acrylics are popular and easy to work with and wash. There may be clubs in your area that meet monthly to exchange crochet patterns and to give tips to each other.
You can create many great and useful items for wearing and making your home warm. Remember that perfection is not necessary.