there are MANY books out there that have great pics and instructions. Now don't laugh, but the BEST books i have found for different stitches and easy patterns to follow have been by Vanna White! Yes, the chick from Wheel of Fortune! All of her patterns have always been very easy to follow and well written. But everyone is different and learns differently. maybe this will help with the abbreviations:
sc= single crochet
hdc= half double crochet
st or sts= stitch or stitches
dc= double crochet
sl st= slip stitch
But even with the help of tutorials (on how to knit in the round),
I can't get past the chain 3 instruction >_<
Once you chain 3 times, you insert your hook back into the first chain and slip stitch (put you hook into the chain, yarn over and pull through, this joins without adding any height). Once this "ring" or "circle" is formed you will dc (double crochet) into the "ring" or "circle", not onto the chains.
When the start of a new row or round begins with a chain 3 , that is normally counted as a stitch. So lets say the pattern says "join with sl st, ch 3 and hdc in each st around making 12 sts (stitches). That would mean that you just did 11 hdc + the ch3 for a total of 12 sts.
GOSH! I just read this and I really hope this helps you out! Sometimes showing someone is SOOOO much easier than writing it.