welcome to knitting. I think it is great that you want to learn!
Do you know anything about music? This * to * is like the repeat with the 2 points in music charts.
Have you seen the tab up top on this page? There are "free videos" about a lot of stuff in knitting. There you find a lot of stuff, like "k" = knit stitch and how to do it. p = purl stitch and how to do it.
The 2 stitches (knit and purl) are surely the most important for you to learn.
And the "demo of a small project" you find in the videos. You may want to watch that to see how things progress in a flowing motion.