I pickled cucumbers for the first time this year also.
A large box of cucumbers was for sale at the Turkish market for a bargain price so I decided to buy them and try to make pickles. They turned out delicious.
What I did was chop them up and put them in a bowel.
I then poured boiling water over them.
Next day I poured off the water and poured fresh boiling water on them.
I repeated this for 3 days.
I then packed the cucumbers in jars and sprinkled dried dill over them.
In a pan I heated vinegar, sugar, salt. I then poured this into the jars until it covered the cucumbers.