I have decided that knitting from a pattern is an act of faith. At least it is an act of faith for me, as I have so little knitting experience that I cannot picture what any given step will turn out like. This also means that I have no idea if I did it right until it is done! I just started at the beginning of the pattern, and when I got to the end... I stopped! I didn't even try to figure out if I was going to be able to figure out the next step, I just jumped in. Kind of an adventure, I must say.
And it is done. I just sewed the button on my very first piece, knitted fully from a pattern, and not improvised from a stitch book. I quite like it, and plan to make more.
The pattern is called Calorimetry, and it is free on Ravelry.