I witnessed the painful process of deciphering unclear directions at last month's stitch-n-bitch (otherwise known as Late Night at The Crow). Kennette, the shop owner, was struggling with directions for a kit that she wants to sell in her store.
And then there is my own tale of woe: Argh!
I *hate* the directions in this pattern. Maybe it's not fair to single out Indygo Junction for poor directions. Maybe I have just been unlucky with the 3 patterns of theirs I have tried (all were garment sewing). Maybe their quilt-y pattern directions are better. This is a very old pattern (copyright 2000) --maybe they have gotten better at writing (and illustrating!!) directions over time...
In praise of clear directions: Black Cat Creations. They have a pattern editor who makes beautiful symphonies out of the individual designers' notes and sketches. If I ever try and make a pattern for the masses, may my directions be clear like these!