I learned to knit from my Grandma when I was just a little girl - about 6 yrs old. I grew up in communist country, in the Czech Republic, and then by far we did not have access to any patterns and pattern books for kids like it is common here. So I learned how to knit the basic stitches and then I was experimenting and trying to figure out how to make certain features of a garment, so I could make sweaters I saw in fashion magazines. At first I was "designing" for my dolls from my Grandma's leftover stash using just my imagination to make things work and I did not need any fancy terms and abbreviations. That approach stayed with me for a long time till about my teenage years when I first started to use magazines to follow patterns. That transition thoug was not easy for me at all because I could not understand the abbreviations they used. Then I came to the US, and I saw the vast offerings of patterns and knitting magazines and I loved the projects presented, but I could not understand it and that discouraged me - first it was written in English and second there were lots of abbreviations. Eventually my determination and perseverance to make that great looking sweater forced me to learn to understand it! Now I write patterns myself and try to learn something new about pattern writing every day.
SO, here is my question: "What frustrates you when you about following a knitting pattern? " When you respond, please identify your level of your knitting skills (beginner to advanced) and what would you change about patterns to make it easier for you to work with them.