Sometimes I find it hard to follow a pattern as it is written in; especially when it involves * and ** and go back and do from * to * 2 times. Space constraints are to blame I suppose and I end up writing out the pattern so I can follow all the twists and turns and go backs. But even then if the a pattern is created over 10 rows and you have to repeat it 10 times to finish the item, the result is a “tick marked” paper over the pattern by the time I am done.
My solution is to take my written instructions (long form) and slide them into a clear, plastic, page protector. With a wax pencil or crayon (I have so many of these around that I could supply Crayola with wax for a year) I can follow along the rows on the pattern making my check marks and when done, wipe it clean with a tissue, paper towel or cloth. Now it is ready for the next pattern repeat. So eliminate pattern frustration! I hope this tip will help you as you work on your projects because crochet or knitting should always be fun.