I used to view knitting from a graph to be INSANITY…until I did this:
Step 1: I make an enlarged photocopy of the graph.
Step 2: I use different colors of ink and highlighters to trace around the symbols/boxes (or fill them in)… that span more than one box. For example, the instruction for a cable that involves 6 stitches will span across 6 boxes. There will be different symbols within these 6 boxes that tell you that it is time to do a 3x3 frontwise cable. I will colorcode all of this particular 6 stitch combo throughout the entire graph with color eg. GREEN. Conversely, 3x3 backwise cables will be colored in with HOT PINK.
Before I ever start the knitting process…I color code all multiple stitch combinations. This greatly helps me to SEE the stitch combo clearly.
After a while…when I see GREEN…I know that a 3x3 frontwise** cable is coming! (**hold the next 3 stitches to the front…knit the next 3…then knit the 3 from the cable holder)
Well, it really really helps me! I rarely make mistakes using this method of pattern charting. It works for crosstitching, too.