Thanks everyone, you all gave me an idea - to use a machine-knitting hook or a loop-turner, with a hinged piece that closes the hook. The pattern is in a current Belgian knitting mag called "Sarah", and they don't appear to be online. The instructions are in french, and they don't say anything about how to accomplish this stitch. I'm going to try to attach a photo of the garment. The stitch is pretty, it's a little like frost flowers with bobbles at the bottom, with ribs that come together at the top (the k9tog) offset by 9 YO's.
Well, I tried to attach photos, but they're too big..I set my camera to the minimum settings - any suggestions? They're only 145kb, but they won't attach