From a comment on this site last year I learned the following:
1. Re-type (copy/paste?) into your computer each row of stitches, only type them as a seperate row.
Like this Row 1 of stitches equals row 1 of typing
Row 2 of stitches equals row 2 of typing
Row 3 of stitches equals row 3 of typing
Do this all the way through a complete pattern. By the time you come to the end you will KNOW (really know) much more about the pattern and each repeat much better. That knowledge will help you when you start to knit again. There is something about teaching the mind to see before you ask the hands to task.
The other lesson I was taught was to be sure to put markers before and after each repeat. I chose a number of stitches that may have included one or two different elements. So, that I became internally aware of what was supposed to go on between the "red markers", and then also what was supposed to be happening between the red and blue markers, etc.
Finally, I learned by doing and re-doing the beauty--supreme beauty of a life line. I laid out my work then with the knit stitches showing drove a darning needle with different colored yarn through the knit loops on the needle. DO NOT CHOOSE a fuzzy color, or red, or black, or dark blue. Rather choose a contrasting color just darker, or just lighter. FROGGING MAKES YOU A BETTER PERSON!