it is hard in the beginning..
its a whole new language.
eons ago, when i was first learning to read patterns, i would type them out (on a typewriter!)
Its easier to do with a word processer, and still a good way to learn to "translate"
K2, (pattern here) K2
Knit 2, (Pattern here, written out as Knit and purls) (plus, if it helps, how many times you repeat the pattern) Knit 2
to make it even clearer
Knit 2, (Pattern here, written out as Knit and purls) (plus, if it helps, how many times you repeat the pattern)[B] Knit 2
[/B] Cont as set for 22 rows more, ending with WS facing for next row.
would be written out too.
Continue in the pattern for 22 more rows, ending with the Wrong Side facing.
if the pattern is a 4 row pattern, this would be 4 and a half repeats of the pattern --what ever the number of repeats, (10, 5, 4 what ever!) would note it.
This is so much easier to do with a computer..
after a some practice reading the pattern short hand, and translating it back into "plain english" you'll be so much better at reading/translating on the fly!