Having just learned to knit in January, I struggle with the reading of patterns, but am slowly getting better.
The sweater I am making for my great niece (which the yarn store lady (YSL) said would take only a week!!!) was going along quite nicely, however it was looking nothing like the picture.....after about 4", I ripped it out, thinking I had royally screwed up. Started over, got the same amount done, looked the same, but I could not figure out why. Had to wait till the lady who taught me knitting came to work as I am intimidated by asking the YSL questions. Anyway, Char takes one look at and says, well, you do realize you are knitting from the top down, don't you? Uh, no....I didn't know that! How would I know that??? The pattern doesn't say anything like that!!! Why wouldn't it say I'm knitting from the top down if that's what I'm doing!?!?!?!?
It's funny now, but I was not amused about it a few weeks back....especially when my husband said, well if you read the directions right, don't you think it was turning out the way it should? Too bad I like my knitting needles so well, or they may have found a new home that day!