Hi. Welcome to KH. Learning to read and understand knitting patterns is a challenge so don't feel bad. When you see an instruction such as [p1,k1] 3 times, it's telling you to do what's inside the brackets 3 times. You would p,k,p,k,p,k and then go on to the next part. Other symbols used similarly that you will commonly encounter are * and ( ). HTH and be sure to ask about anything else you find confusing.