I can not stress how important this is. Read through them at least twice. Notes (in any pattern, not just mine) have a lot of important information that is used throughout the pattern. You don't need to remember them all but, if you have read them, when you come across something in the pattern that has been mentioned in the notes (like leaving loop for later use) you will know where to look.
But don't attack the pattern head on. Use a sticky note or similar under the row/round you are working on. The pattern looks a lot less scary if you can only see a little bit at a time. It will also help you keep your place.
When the pattern says to work into a chain, the hook is inserted into the stitches.
A chain space (chsp) is the "hole" made by the chains. When the pattern says to work into a chain space the hook is inserted under the chain(s) not into them.
If there is a number in front of chsp, this means the chsp was made using that many ch. e.g. 4chsp is the chsp made by making 4ch.
Instructions in square brackets [like this] are all made into one stitch.
Instructions in round brackets (like this) are repeated the number of times stated outside the brackets.
*2dc, 1ch, 2dc,** 2ch, rep from * twice more, then from * to **,
Work from * to "rep from * twice more" - Then do that twice more.
Now you have - 2dc, 1ch, 2dc, 2ch, 2dc, 1ch, 2dc, 2ch, 2dc, 1ch, 2dc, 2ch,
Then you have to work from * to **, now you have - 2dc, 1ch, 2dc, 2ch, 2dc, 1ch, 2dc, 2ch, 2dc, 1ch, 2dc, 2ch, 2dc, 1ch, 2dc,
To show each section more clearly - [2dc, 1ch, 2dc, 2ch,] [2dc, 1ch, 2dc, 2ch,] [2dc, 1ch, 2dc, 2ch,] [2dc, 1ch, 2dc,]
Some patterns work in a continuous rounds, such as amigurumis.
Some patterns slip stitch together at the end of rounds then continue on the same way.
Some patterns slip stitch together at the end of rounds then, turn.
There seems to be some confusion over this but all you are doing is turning the work so that you work into the back of the sts just made as you would if you are working rows.
You work in the way you would normally, from right to left.