Ok, the pattern:
[B]R1:[/B] P1, P3tog, (repeat across row) --the P3tog is a decrease–end with K1
[B]R2:[/B] (k1?) KPK in one stitch (repeat across row) the KPK is an increase(and the row end with a K1?)
(i am guessing about the K1, but i suspect the there is a knit one between the KPK (increase)
in [B]R1[/B], 3 stitches become 1
in [B]R2[/B], 1 stitch becomes 3.
its sounds harder than it is.
and there are sublte ‘cheats’ to make it easier.
What is required is 3 new stitches where there is now 1 stitch
1- Knit into stitch, but don’t let it drop of left needle, then purl into the same stitch, but don’t let it drop of needle then
knit into the stitch one more time! (3 stitch on right needle!)
now let the 1 stitch on left needle fall off.
2–(EASIER) Knit into stitch, but don’t let it fall off needle
make a Yarn Over on the needle, then knit into the stitch again. 3 stitches on right needle! Now let the 1 stitch on left needle fall off.
the result is sort of like a star or flower… (the 3 stitches come to a point (like 3 petals) in the P3tog, and then 3 new stitches arise from the same point, (3 more petals)
[B]method 1[/B] results in a very tight center point
–[B]method 2[/B] you have to take care not to make the yarn over too loose, or the pattern loses defination… (you won’t see the star/flower motif as clearly)