Why don't they just say what they mean then? Patterns drive me crazy! I am one of those people who do not have the knack of figuring out what these patterns mean on my own. I know some people can do that, but I cannot. It is very frustrating to me, to be knitting happily along and come to a part in the pattern that makes absolutely no sense to me.
I'm with you, GinnyB. Patterns are now rushed to publication, and there's tremendous pressure to keep up with the next season's trends in knitting-- even yarns come out seasonally, now! There are loads of mistakes, and a lot of inconsistencies. It can be very frustrating!