row 1: k1 (k2together, yo, yo, ssk) repeat lace pattern until 1 stitch left, k1
row 2: p1 (p1, p1 into first yo, p1 into the back of the second yo, p1) repeat lace pattern until 1 stitch left, p1
First a general comment. You only repeat what is inside the parenthesis. You probably know that, but just in case.
I’m not sure if I’m doing the YO2 wrong, or if I’m not purling correctly into the yarn overs?
To do the double YO bring the yarn to the front then over the top of the needle and around to the front again and then hold it if needed to the of top the right hand needle, or you can think of it as holding the yarn out behind the needle while you do the SSK.
To purl the 2 YO’s… the first one you will be purling into the single strand of yarn that runs from the LHN (left hand needle) to the piece of work, and after you purl it, let only that one strand come off the LHN. Now you have kind of a longish strand coming down on the near side of the LHN to the work and the back leg of the large loop behind the needle. I suggest that to learn where to do the purl that you turn the work so that you are looking at the back side and insert the RHN into the little leg on that side right to left (it feels like the right way to purl working from this side), then turn your work back to the right side and see where it is. Then you can take the needle out of the spot and try to put it in the same place and orientation from the front without turning it around. When you can be sure that you are getting it in the right place proceed to yarn around and finish your purl stitch. Be sure to maneuver around that long strand that runs to the work, don’t involve it in the purl.
And on a random note: is there a difference between k2tog and ssk? They don’t look different to me.
A k2tog and a SSK are similar but the k2tog slants like this (/) and the SSK slants like this ().
I notice that along the right side of the big eyelets formed by the double YO there is a very obvious strand of yarn running from the p2togtbl that was worked along that side. But I found that when I was all done if I’d take each eyelet and stretch it side to side that the annoying strand would go where it should a bit better. Maybe that is the messy thing you were talking about.