When I first learned to knit, (I don’t even remember when that was) I remember that I learned everything the hard way. Never had the benefit of reading one long line of k2,p3, yo, decrease that, cross this…… nope. Had charts. And I learned to read them as if it was the only way to knit.
With just a few simple techniques tucked up into your brain, you can read them easily too, and soon, you’ll look forward to those charts. They’re sure a lot easier than the long lines of text!