My best advice to new knitters and crocheters is BE FEARLESS, it's the only way you will A) advance and quickly & B) find out what you thought was 'hard' is a piece of cake!!!!!!!!!!!!
Using myself as an example, I started by making a simple dog sweater (because I shaved my dogs a little early in the year
). I found KH for help and by my 2nd dog sweater (thanks to KH's handy videos) I made #2 below (same pattern but with fair isle). Yes, I had to frog once because my stitches were too tight when changing colors, but it was a learning experiece.
Then I kept hearing people say 'cables are easy' and I thought 'sure mac!'. So I did a swatch by casting on 20 stitches and making a simple 6 stitch cable down the middle and sure enough they were right.
So the best knitting advice anyone can ever give you is BE FEARLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW GO FORTH AND KNIT A LOT!
P.S. I also was knitting without looking in the dark within a year...........because no one ever told me I couldn't!