Just about any knitting publication that features patterns with charts will give you a simple guide to reading them. Basically, you read it like Hebrew - right to left. You start on the bottom row 1 - right to left. On row two - you go left to right, 3 - right to left and wind up that way. All charts have a legend to tell you what the symbols mean. It used to be easier for me to read the chart and write it out in stitches. Then, I got used to reading charts and see that it really is the easiest way to read an involved pattern.
One tip I learned from my knitting teacher - place a post it directly [I]above [/I]the row you are currently on - causes a lat fewer errors.
Good luck with it!!