My second attempt didn't go as well as I'd hoped it would, it was a larger red rectangle but not as large as I wanted and a little wavy on the ends...
Next I started on a scarf for my boyfriend. I figured it was an easy thing to do (the pattern for the stocking confused me, I still find some patterns hard to read but it was a mistake to try a multi-piece thing from a pattern when I'd just started. I had no idea what I was reading so I got really frustrated and discouraged.) and a great way to practice my double crochet. I just looked up a really simple pattern to get an idea of how to start, made a chain the width I wanted, and dc'd from there. A little early morning crochet by the Christmas tree lights was super relaxing.
So those were a few of my first crochet items. Next up: some non-scarf things!