Knitting patterns have been used for year to make simple and complicated things for the house and lovely garments for all the family.
These usually show a few sizes and will have the smallest size first with the following sizes usually in brackets.
The wonderful part about knitting patterns is that they can look really complicated but they can be very easy to knit.
These also can be altered to fit as people vary in sizes, arm and body lengths so remember to buy more wool if you are going to make the garment longer than the pattern suggests.
These can be bought from wool shops, on line retailers or many come free in magazines.
The front cover of the pattern shows
Then the pattern will give you the steps for each of the section of the garment usually starting with the back.
Then it will give the steps for the left and right front in a cardigan or just the front if making a jumper.
This will include a pattern example if there is one and it can look like this:
Row 1 "K.2, y.fwd. sl. 1, K.1,p.s.s.o. K.3, K.2 tog, y.fwd, K to end"
Row 2 "K.3 y.fwd. sl. 1, K.1,p.s.s.o. K.1, K.2 tog, y.fwd, K to end"
etc to the end of the pattern
The smaller size is usually at the front of the brackets with the larger ones following on inside the brackets. In this example as there were only 3 sizes one size is in round brackets and one size is in square brackets.
At the end of the pattern it will give guidance on how to join all the pieces together.
Many shopping outlets have patterns and wool for inspiration.
Enjoy your knitting patterns.