I took a class to get started and that helped so much. Now I look through the pattern and find simple ones. Things I don't understand I look up here. The Abbreviations Explained tab is great.
I started really making very simple dishcloths. After the second one I was more daring and confident. Now after I've done a handful more projects, I'm branching out into even more complicated patterns. I've gotten lost a few times and the help here is great!