When I first got into this hobby, I would walk into bookshops and check out all the books on crochet. I bought a few books with beautiful designs on the cover. Reality struck when I gave up working with the suggeted thin yarn and the top looked weird on me since I had a different body shape as the model. :(
Nowadays, I just stick to reading the books in the library. Truth be told, we usually do not make every single item in the book.
So here is a list of 5 household items that are beginner-friendly and allowed you to practice your crochet along the way.
[Disclaimer: I donot own any of the patterns and these are merely my curated list of beginner-friendly crochet items. Make sure you follow the guidelines from the pattern owner if you intend to merchandize anything.]
Skills you get to practice: yarn selection, repeating stitch to form a square, create border, changing colour (optional)
Dishcloths are usually made with 100% cotton yarn for absorbency of liquid. Though you may find it a waste to crochet something, only to dirty it. I personally find it very satisfying to make something that I can use daily. These will make beautiful housewarming gifts and look great as part of the beautiful food pics or gathering photos.