I've been in touch with the designer (finnishweaver). It is a skip one, purl one, etc. The following is the beginning of her pattern.
[COLOR="Blue"]MAIN PART OF MITTEN:
Cast on 9 sts on each of the 4 needles (36 total)
1. Join to circle purl 1, skip 1 for one round; on the next round, skip 1, purl 1; and on the third round, purl 1, skip 1.
2. Knit 12 rounds. (The second color may be used here, or 3. you may choose to wait to use it until after the thumb.)
3. On the next round, purl 1, skip 1.[/COLOR]
4. Knit another 12 rounds.
The following is how I understood it to be:
I'll insert the RH needle into the 2nd st exactly like a regular purl, yarn around like normal and pull up the new st loop. I'll stop right there, and won't slide anything off the LH needle yet. Then I'll go back to that st I skipped and purl it, and after I pull up the new st loop will slide the whole works off the needle.
To which she replied:
insert the RH needle into the 2nd st exactly like a regular purl, yarn around like normal and pull up the new st loop. This is where you move the st to righthand needle, and you are done with the skipped stich.
I'll take a photo of a pair of her mittens (that I purchased from her on ETSY). Perhaps seeing the stitches will help define what I'm trying to achieve I love these mittens, made from LOPI, and want to make them for the afghans for Afghans campaign.
Hmmm, I'll have to figure out how to post my photos,,,
Thank you for the help!