Lace directions

I’m currently practicing Lace knitting…

I’m working with Lace::7 – a zigzag motif with a hint of lace…which I found on knitca…
I don’t understand a set of directions:
Row 1… purl 1 stitch, knit 3 stitches, knit 2 stitches together, knit 1 stitch, 1 yarn over, repeat from * to * as necessary, purl last stitch.

OK… now Row 2 and every wrong side row: [U]WORK STITCHES AS THEY APPEAR. WHAT does this mean?[/U]

Also, I’m trying the pattern Quite Contrary… very pretty found on Ravelry… Doing the Cockleshell pattern:
Note: Slip the first stitch of every row… ok… now I’m jumping to row 7:

Row 7: k7, (yo2, p2tog) twice, k11, (p2tog yo2)twice, k7. (37 sets.)

ok…I slip the first stitch as stated in the note, k7, now I am going to do what’s in the ( ) twice, correct? and after k11, I’ll be doing what’s in parenthesis twice again… right? … I seem to get 38 stitches… not 37… what am I doing incorrectly?

Thanks so much for all your help.

Warmly,
cair:knitting:

Work sts as they appear means that if the next stitch on your needle looks like a knit V, knit it and if it looks like a purl bump, purl it. Yarn overs are usually treated by purling into them unless your pattern says otherwise. On the next row then, the repeat becomes purl into the yarn over, p1, p1, p3, k1

The stitch count may depend on whether the pattern counts the first slipped stitch or not. Looking at the row you quoted (without counting the slipped stitch) it looks like it takes 33sts to work the row and you’ll end with 37 (again, that’s not counting the slipped stitch)

oh… ok… Sal!.. yes… don’t count the slip stitch. Gotcha…
Warmly,
cair