When I started knitting, I picked up a pattern book of sampler afghan blocks. I knit 20 different patterns in 12 x 12 inch squares. It was a great way to learn to knit a variety of stitches and I ended up with this soft creamy throw to curl up with on rainy days.
Pattern Book: Sampler Afghans, Leaflet 932 by Leisure Arts.
How did you learn? Any tried and true methods?