Want to try your hand at crocheting garments without committing to a huge sweater project? Start with a shrug! While a shrug does require a bit of shaping, it's not nearly as complex as a cardigan or pullover, so you'll quickly gain confidence making wearables.
One of the best ways to practice a new technique is a hat — especially since they're small and great gifts. Practice colorwork, cables and other texture with these FREE knitted hat patterns. (And yes, there are a couple of stockinette stitch options in there, too, if you're looking for something easy!)