The best way to learn this stuff is by doing. And if you can figure it out, it helps to understand what's what. It's always good to take a look at the result of any new thing you do, to understand how it works and to see what the result of that particular stitch was.
"Trust the pattern!"
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.
Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog