Yes, you are correct, you need to follow the written directions from the original pattern and then move onto the chart. So you don't finish the written pattern and then go to the chart.
Yes, can't wait to get my supplies and start. Hopefully by this weekend. I did a sample to see if I could actually do the DPN's and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.
Good luck and will be posting as I start to do it.