that worked. thanks
Cast on 20 stitches in Teal (MC).
Row 1: S1, P5, K1, P6, K1, P6
Row 2: S1, K5, P1, K6, P1, K6
Repeat from Row 1 – three more times.
Bind off 6 stitches. Cast on 12 stitches. (26 st.)
Row 9: S1, P5, K1, P6, ICua (IC) P6, (MC) K1. P6
Bind off 6 stitches. Cast on 12 stitches. (32 st.)
Row 10: S1, K5, P1, K6, (IC) K6, (MC) K6, P1, K6.
Row 11: S1, P5, K1, P6, (IC) P6, (MC) P6, K1, P6.
Repeat from Row 10 - fourteen more times.(39 rows)
Row 40: S1, K5, P1, K6, (IC) K6, (MC) K6, P1, K6.
Bind off 7 stitches.
Put remaining 25 stitches on a spare needle."
ok, so you're at repeat, bind off, cast on 12... that's still all done in your main color (MC, according to the pattern). there's been no notation about switching colors, yet. keep doing that row 1, row 2, row 1, row 2, etc, all in your main color until you finish what would be the 8th row.
then you'll be ready for row 9 in the pattern. you'll slip 1, purl 5, k1, purl 6...
'ICUA' IS A MISPRINT... it only appears the one time, and shouldn't be there at all.
then switch to your inner color for the pick section (that's IC). you'll use that new color to purl 6, then switch back to your main color (MC) to knit 1, then purl 6. you'll keep switching back and forth between main color (MC) and inner color (IC), all the way through row 40 as directed. finally putting the last 25 stitches on a spare needle, so you're ready for the "handle" part of the pattern.
depending on what colors you chose, your main color (MC) will be dark grey or teal, and your inner color (IC) will be light grey, white, yellow or aqua. when you get to the handle, the colors are the same regardless, with a main color (MC) of dark brown and an inner color (IC) of light brown. it may help you to write out the directions line-by-line, substituting the color names as needed instead of MC/IC... that gets a lil confusing.
hope that helps, but hollar if you need more