Welcome to the forum, MommaG! This is the best place EVER for knitters.
As far as patterns go, Knitting Pattern Central (also known as KPC on this forum) has loads of free patterns. I'd start there if I were you. And if you find one that you like, but you aren't 100% sure what to do with it, someone here will know what to do. Feel free to post as many questions as you like!