Welcome to knitting!! I can't say I hate following patterns...BUT if I can't understand what its saying then I sure do get frustrated!!
I LOVE the process of knitting and if I can "get" the pattern then I am a very happy knitter. :D
I just finished knitting my first lace scarf. The pattern was easy but it had a lot of different stitches that I had to follow. So I used one of those magnetic boards and that really HELPED me keep my place on the paper on every row in the pattern as to what I was to stitch next.
My LYS lady recommended the board to me and I remembered I had one from when I use to do counted cross stitch.
I just cast on to knit my second lace scarf...without using that magnetic board I'd still be confused as to where I was knitting on the first scarf. lol