I cannot make hide nor tail of knitting patterns short of the k, p, *, and bo. And it seems like once I have the terminology down, there's an entirely new abbreviation that pops up. Near as I can tell, there isn't a truly standardized method of writing knitting patterns, leaving people like me lost and confused as to what it may all mean.
Is there anywhere a somewhat definitive explanation for writing out knitting patterns? I joined ravelry
and both seem to be partially useful in this regard, but only partially. (Also, what's wrong with just writing out Knit 1, Purl 1, Repeat 3 rows? That seems so much easier than trying to guess what someone may mean.)
Is there a good visual guide
to learning stitches, various methods of binding off, etc? What simple pattern books should I absolutely own, or should I just try to look around for patterns via Ravelry and other websites?
I'm attempting to make a baby blanket out of 100% wool, worsted weight. Do I really, really need to block it? Really?