Unless otherwise indicated, read charts from the bottom up. On
right-side rows, read charts from right to left. On wrong side rows,
read charts from left to right. When knitting in the round read charts
from right to left for all rows.
What does "no stitch" mean?
A "no-stitch" box is just a placeholder; it does not represent an
actual stitch. It simply makes room on the chart for an increase or a
decrease in the next row/round. Think of it this way: If you decrease a
stitch in Row 1, you have one less stitch in Row 2. Charts are boxy and
linear, so in order to make the little boxes line up properly (and to
keep the roadmap clear so you can visualize the pattern), that "lost
stitch" is greyed out in Row 2. (The reverse is also true: If you
increase, you will have a new stitch in Row 2 that was not there in Row
1--so Row 1 may need a grey "not-there-yet-but-will-be-soon"
placeholder box.) Just skip that greyed-out little no-stitch rascal.
Ignore it. "It's just there to make the chart square.".