Something I've found is to just jump into it, rather than try to decipher the tutorials. The January MagKnits has a pattern for an entrelac baby blanket and once I'd completed the first 3 tiers, it was easy. I'm about halfway done now and it's flying along. I rarely have to look at the pattern now.
alleusion on Ravelry
...I can't have too many projects, I still have empty needles...