While writing a pattern myself before editing it down for the public eye it is a huge messy conglomuration of the two. Depending on my mood I can find it easier to explain something in text form but when I am jotting it as notes I am doing chart indicators in rows and rows.
Here is my Chicken Scratch
This is a Chart from a Japanese Knit/Crochet book
This is a Text Base Pattern that most people are Familiar with
(it also happens to be my first published Pattern!)
The pattern I am currently working on is for this little Huffalump that I am going to teach a Class on soon at Wholly Craft! Along with the huffalump I will be teaching Broom Stick lace crochet and some Crochet Flower patterns for Spring.