Ok, I think that makes sense. I just wasn't sure what it meant by a "background". I thought maybe I had to knit some kind of a basic fabric that this pattern would then go on top of... I dunno, lol
Here's the whole pattern:
Worked across 24 sts on a background of reverse St st.
1st row (right side): K3, k2tog, k4, yfrn, p2, yon, k2tog, p2, yon, k4, sl 1, k1, psso, k3.
2nd and every alt row: P9, k2, p2, k2, p9.
3rd row: K2, k2tog, k4, yf, k1, p2, k2tog, yfrn, p2, k1, yf, k4, sl 1, k1, psso, k2.
5th row: K1, k2tog, k4, yf, k2 p2, yon, k2tog, p2, k2, yf, k4, sl 1, k1, psso, k1.
7th row: K2tog, k4, yf, k3, p2, k2tog, yfrn, p2, k3, yf, k4, sl 1, k1, psso.
8th row: P9, k2, p2, k2, p9.
Rep these 8 rows.
I understand how to do each of these individual stitches; I just wasn't sure how to begin. The fact that every other pattern just mentioned the multiple to use, where this one made reference to a "background" threw me off. So, basically, do I just cast on a multiple of 24 and begin following the pattern?
Thanks so much for your help!!