Yes, I see how you're counting it. Because the OP says
I'm a United States knitter & having trouble understanding the directions in European pattern
and yfwd is more or less the same as a U.S. yo and I found a video for something similar, I do think there will be increases in the middle. I don't need to be right about this, it's become sort of fun for me as a puzzle to be solved, but I really do want the OP to get it figured out. I know how frustrating these things can be. Either seeing the pattern or a picture of what it's supposed to look like would be nice. Yo or yfwd increases would show up in a photo.
PS: I just woke up and remembered that you are English, (duh! you say so right in your sig) so if anyone will be able to suss it out it should be you. I've become so accustomed to seeing maths used where I use math that I didn't even pause at it. Something should have clicked sooner.