Help explaining directions
I dont know what the pattern means in the 2nd paragrah after completing the 1st paragraph.
LEFT FRONT Cast on 60 sts using 33⁄4mm (US 5) needles.
Row 1 (RS): P2, (K2, P4) 4 times, K8, (P4, K2) 4 times, P2. Row 2: K2, (P2, K4) 4 times, P8, (K4, P2) 4 times, K2 . Rep these 2 rows 7 times more, ending with a WS row. Change to 4mm (US 6) needles.
Starting and ending rows as indicated and working chart rows 1 to 62 once, then repeating chart rows 63 to 86 only as required, work in patt foll chart for left front as folls:
* Work 2 rows.
Dec 1 st at beg of next row. 59 sts.
Work 5 rows, ending with a WS row.
Row 9 (RS): Work 2 tog, patt to within 2 sts of the 8 st cable, P2tog, work the 8 cable sts, P2tog, patt to end. 56 sts.
Dec 1 st at side seam edge of 6th and foll 5th row. 54sts.
Work 4 rows.
Row 25 (RS):As row 9. 51 sts.
You haven't said in your question, but I am assuming that as the pattern has a graph or chart for you to follow, that you are knitting a reasonably complicated Aran pattern.
What you have with these instructions is a kind of short hand used in knitting patterns. Basically what it is telling to you do is to follow the chart (do rows 1 - 62 first, then do rows 63 - 86 if you need to)
and at the same time
do the increases specified in the instructions from the * (which I added to my answer clearer).
So, work 2 rows (rows 1 & 2 on the chart).
Then on row 3 you do the first decrease row.
Then you knit 5 rows (rows 4 to 8).
On row 9 of the chart you do the second decrease row.
Row 10 is another decrease row and then you knit 4 rows (rows 11 to 14 on your chart).
I could go on, but I think you have probably got it by now.