At last, using both the book and on-line resources, I have managed to get started, using dishcloth cotton as it helps me see better. As you can see, the bottom is wider than further up and I didn't know why initially. As it will be a dishcloth thought I would carry on:
So question 1: would you normally add an extra chain at the start of the work i.e. want to make something square with 25 stitches, do I chain 26?
The book, being American uses different names for the stitches so I have a decision to make. As I don't plan at the moment on making too many things with this craft, there are loads of American patterns on-line.
Question 2: do I just learn from the book and call the stitches what they do? Or, do I change the names of the stitches in the book to UK and go from there?
So many decisions at the moment, hence another reason for doing dishcloths until I can get to grips fully with beginning, working and ending!
My left hand, which holds the hook, is very relaxed. My right hand, which keeps the tension etc., isn't, so I can still only do about 4 rows before having to stop due to pain at the base of the thumb, blasted arthritis.
The difference though, is that each row of crochet is about 2-3 rows of knitting so it should grow faster methinks.
I have just finished my first practice 'square'. It is 14cm x 14cm, a bit small but just about decent enough a size for a dishcloth.