Yes you can, the name is Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet "The Happy Hooker" by Debbie Stoller. She is originally a knitter but has written this book step by step everything you ever needed to know to get started is in there. It's written with step by step photo's, my mother is an avid crocheter and she found that the book made her better when it came to technique. And the book has simple patterns that are cute and make you feel less helpless. Hope if you purchase it you find it helpful. Also youtube has some neat videos on basic technique. Right now working on the Seija Set baby hat and blanket pattern that is in the book only been crocheting two weeks and so far my project is over half done and even.