Here was the first problem. The pattern grid had these spaces labeled "no stitch". What the blazes did that mean? Well, after looking it up on the internet (thank you Gia for knittinghelp.com) I found out that it means just that, No Stitch. You ignore it, you do nothing, don't even count it. Problem one solved.
Second problem was that, well, I was reading the pattern grid like you read anything. Top to bottom and left to right. Nah uh. You are supposed to read them from the bottom right hand corner for the first row and then from right to left for the second row and so on. That explains why the pattern wasn't lining up.
Good, so now I know how to read the pattern and the counts are coming out right. HA! I told you it wouldn't defeat me.
|This is what it looks like in the magazine|
|Here is what the first repeat looks like on my needle. There are 7 repeats of 20 rounds and then a border that is added to the bottom.|