I've known how to crochet in a while, in the most basic way possible. I have perfected the art of chaining and double crochets. There, my knowledge ended.
It gets incredibly boring to only do double crochets. A friend taught me to do a V stitch and suddenly my world opened up again- only to close back down when I got bored with that stitch.
I finally made the leap and purchased Crochet for Dummies. I am usually much more of a visual learner, benefiting more by having a real teacher than trying to learn from a book or video (which I tried). However, I've found it to be really helpful to have this book! Not only has it taught me several new stitches, I've got tabs on each page so I can quickly refresh my memory on some little part of a stitch- like the half double. Do I yarn over first? I flip to my page and see yes- yes I do yarn over.
The book has also managed to teach me a rudimentary crochet circle! I am planning on practicing a bit more, then finding a very easy amigurumi pattern and trying to make my first stuffed toy! It will probably end up a stuffed dog toy, but we all have to start somewhere.
I'm really happy to finally taking my crochet to another level. It is so relaxing and at the same time it is so empowering! You start with a little piece of yarn and then you make cloth. You, all by yourself, create. Dish towels, scarves, sweaters, toys- it doesn't matter what it is, you did it with nothing but a little hook and a ball of yarn.