Knitting is a mystery

Can someone explain to me why I can take this easy littleĀ chart

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out of a cuff down sock pattern, drop it into a toe up sock pattern, use another pattern for various bits with relative ease. Btw, I’m not good at socks.

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And yet a simple shawl with this easy little chart (Fall Leaves Shawl, Spin Off Magazine)

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with no other modifications has taken me down a three year trail of painful woe, frustration, and heartache?

Even though I’ve just finished the 7th 16 row repeat, I don’t dare say it’s going well. But I can safely say that IĀ like how it looks.

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Can’t I?

Dear Keeper of the Knitting Mysteries, may I?