I've finally finished the updated version of the Gretel pattern based on your very helpful feedback. It's been emailed to everyone who has purchased the pattern, but please let me know if you haven't got it (preferably from the email address you used when you bought it so I can verify your id). Of course it's also up in the shop. The main changes are:
The addition of charts.
Laying out the written directions in a table.
Stitch counts after every round that includes shaping.
No 'work in patt as set' directions - I know that it was confusing, especially to beginners, so I've taken it out.
I think that's everything, please let me know what you think.