This is from a pattern for one of the squares in an afghan I am currently working on. It is from a vintage book circa 1940’s or '50’s:
CO 32 sts. 1st Row: K4, !insert right needle, from back to front, between 1st and 2nd st on left needle, K the 2nd st, then K the first st and drop both sts from left needle, repeat between *'s twice, then K3; repeat from ! twice, K also the last st. All Even Rows: K1, P30, K1. 3rd Row: K5, repeat between *'s in first row, 3 times in succession; ! K3, repeat between *'s in first row, 3 times in succession; repeat from ! once; K the last 3 sts. 5th Row: K1; repeat between *'s in first row once; ! K3, repeat between *'s in first row, 3 times in succession; repeat from ! twice; K the last 2 sts.
It goes on more, but basically, you are supposed to wind up with 3 groups of three vertical zigzag lines overlaying stockinette which has been distorted to a wavy effect from forming the zigzags. I can’t get past Row 1 with “insert needle . . .” Can you?