Thank you for your quick response.
I hate to admit this, but okay, here it goes...I am feeling really stupid here. I have been knitting since 1983 and have never run into this situation before.
I will just explain what I am doing. I know that it is wrong because I am not increasing the middle section at all by doing this, but this is the way I interpreted the directions. I cannot see how to "repeat this four times."
So, I did the setup row. That was fine. Then I went to Row 1 and here is what I did:
k1, M1R, k1, sm, k1, M1L, sm, knit across the 52 stitches. sm, k1, M1L, k1, sm, k1, M1R, k1.
This only increases by 4 stitches, not 8. Middle does not increase.
The instructions I have say "k to 1 st before m, M1R, k1, sm..." [there are only 2 stitches there, so that's why I did k1, M1R, k1, sm - so I am pretty sure this part is correct]
Then the instructions say "...k1, MIL..." [again, there are only two stitches there, so that is why I k1, M1L. But then there is one stitch left before the marker so that is why I knit it and then sm]
Then the instructions state to do this "4 times." Well the only other markers are at the other end, which is why I knitted across, but then to make it right, it seems to me I have to reverse and do M1L first, then M1R.
Then it says k to end. Well, that is the end.
When I diagram this out per the instructions, then I end up with a M1L and M1R back to back because I am already one stitch away from the marker. Since there is only one bar to lift between the stitches, this doesn't seem right. I think on later rows, once there are more stitches this won't be as confusing, but I could be wrong since I cannot seem to get past this row...
So hopefully now you can see what I am doing wrong, how the instructions are confounding me, and how to explain to me what I should be doing.
I am so sorry for being so dense about this. But I really and truly appreciate your help. Perhaps you can explain to me exactly what to do on this row and then I hopefully should get it.
Again, I apologize for having some sort of mental block on this.
Thank you in advance.