My first project was a hat for Girly- girl. Pretty simple pattern. I started with an adjustable ring with 12 dc. Then in the next 4 rounds I added 12dc. Then 5 rounds with 60dc and the final round had 180 dc to form the ruffle. At least that was the plan =) There may be more or less depending on how my counting went.
And for Virginia- I am still working on the knitting. It's too awkward yet for me to start projects =)