Crochet for Beginners...Best site I've seen. Great to use as a reference if you already know how to crochet.
Perfect for a very quick knitted gift. Could make several colors as one gift...pink, purple, soft green, soft yellow for a baby girl; soft blue, darker blue, dark tan, red for a baby boy.
Beginners Favorite Knitted Hat http://www.favecrafts.com/Knit-Hats-Gloves-Scarves/Beginners-Favorite-Knitted-Hat-from-Red-Heart-Yarn/ml/1
Knitting For Beginners: 38 Different And Awesome Cast-on Stitches