I find in the main that once I've learned how to do something, I can generally figure out how to get things worked out even if the pattern is unclear in some respects. Added to everything else, the things I find difficult to understand are a walk in the park for others and the things others can't understand I look at and think, what's the problem? Patterns are written by different people with different ways of seeing things, from different regions and countries, and by people of different ages who might have been knitting for most of a century or not very long at all. It's impossible, I believe, to write a pattern that everyone will find understandable and clear. I still have to remind myself that someone working a jumper pattern is making a sweater. If we all understood every pattern, every time, we wouldn't have knittinghelp.com. Maybe that's the bright side, we get to come here. I'm very glad we have men, women, some younger members, people from Austalia, Canada, UK, and even the U.S. and who knows where else here; brand new knitters, Dr. Who scarf knitters; and for me those who someone else deemed to be the goddesses of knitting and the ones I can actually give assistance to. That makes me feel good.