Think back to the times when you were little and you visited the home of an older person. Do you remember the doilies and the antimacassars found on all the furniture? Chances are, these items were crocheted.
Then, back in the the late 60s or early 70s there were those granny square vests--remember those? And ponchos! Those were crocheted, too.
Well, crochet has been revamped, and like knitting, it's now hip to crochet! We have books for everyone, for kids through adults, that will teach you how to crochet, and then to go on an create some "hot" items.
Britten, Sophie. Fun & Funky Crochet: 30 Exciting Projects for a Stylish New Look. [746.434 BRI]
Davis, Jane. Crochet: Fantastic Jewelry, Hats, Purses, Pillows and More. [J 746.43 DAV]
Kooler, Donna. Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet. [746.43 KOO]
Meldrum, Carol. Easy Crocheted Accessories: 30+ Fun and Fashionable Projects. [746.434 MEL]
Here's a fun idea--take an old sweater and re-do it. You can add some interesting touches with crochet. Find out more in Anna-Stina Linden Ivarsson's Second-Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater [YA 646.408 LIN].
There are plenty of online sites to help you, too. Lion Brand Yarn, a commercial site, has crochet how-to pages. If you really get hooked on crochet, then you may want to consider joining the Crochet Guild of America.
I'd suggest starting now--you could have several projects finished in time for the holidays!