The first complicated knit-and-purl pattern I worked had a chart with it, instead of just the written explanation. I knit it while I was working a night shift at the hospital and had frequent interruptions, but when I came back to it I could always compare my piece to the chart to see where I was.
Perhaps it would help if you drew out a chart of the pattern on graph paper with different symbols for knits and purls (you knit the "knit" symbols on the RS and purl them on the WS and vice versa).
oh yeah I have two at home my boy is 5 and my little fireball girl is 2... I can only do things that don't require my attention or me counting while they are up... when they take naps or go to bed is when I knit things like that...
I hate the desciptions of what is easy and intermediate
I guage ease by if I could knit it at the theater (in the dark)
if I need light to SEE the pattern in the fabric
if I need to count and make different color changes, or a lot of shaping
some things (like the Doll I made) areboth easy and Moderate
I like to have a Bunch of patterns to see how I COULD do things
but I cooklike that too
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im like you in that i prefer to read a lot of recipies and then make it up as i go along. i prefer not following strictly. i think ill end up like that in knitting, too. im already doing it with my first hat. i sort of read a bunch of patterns to figure out how many to cast on and about when i should start togging and now im in the middle of a great soft soft hat. perfect yarn that i picked just because it was so so soft. (acrylic and nylon but feels like a baby bunny)
i still need to finish that one "little pyramids" scarf, though. if only because i think that it would be a lovely gift for one of my MIL's (yes i have two! one a stepMIL, but no mom of my own, so im loving it)
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