I have added several new tutorials to my Crochet Lessons for Beginners Playlist, including some pattern tutorials for some simple projects.
I remember when I first started. I hated just practicing rows without actually making anything. I also remember how frustrating it was to start a pattern and have such slow progress that there was no end to my project in sight.
I added tutorials for a basic single crochet square and a basic single crochet dishcloth. Both patterns are very simple and work up more quickly than afghans or even scarves. This will give brand new crocheters a chance to practice their new stitches and complete a project at the same time! Hopefully that will alleviate some of the frustration that causes new crocheters to give up.