I thought I had it worked out for you, but no, I end up with 136 stitches worked instead of 146. I’m certainly finding it confusing too - its late here and perhaps I’m missing something obvious in my sleepy state.
What I’ll do is leave below what I’d previously written, as perhaps there’ll be some small thing correct in my thinking, which will lead you or someone else to figure it out correctly. So, just as a springboard, what I originally worked out was…
It looks to me as if there must be two sizes, and you’re knitting the larger size… ??
I am also not sure what (0) means. Is this where I put a marker or what?
The way I read this is, since it says P8 (0) - If you’re knitting the smaller size, P8; if you’re knitting the larger size, P0, ie no purl stitches to work. (The first time P8 (0) appears there’s a comma after the P8 and I don’t think it should be there. It doesn’t appear after the P8 the second time it appears.)
Presuming you’re knitting the larger size, I’ve coloured red the part of the instructions that applies to your size:
Beg Rib Pat: [COLOR=“Red”]Row 1 (RS)[/COLOR] P8, ([COLOR=“red”]0[/COLOR]), [COLOR=“red”][p4, k9, p5, k2, p5][/COLOR] 0 ([COLOR=“red”]1[/COLOR]) time, [COLOR=“red”][k2, p6, (k2, p5) twice, k9, p5, k2, p5] twice[/COLOR], [COLOR=“red”]k2, p6, k2[/COLOR], p8 (0), [COLOR=“red”][p5, k2, p5, k9, p4][/COLOR] 0 ([COLOR=“Red”]1[/COLOR]) time.
[COLOR=“Red”]K the knit sts and p the purl sts until piece measures 15 1/2 (17)" from beg, end with a WS row.[/COLOR]
[B]Checking the number of stitches worked[/B]:
Row 1 (RS) [p4, k9, p5, k2, p5] 0 (1) time = [COLOR=“Blue”]25[/COLOR] stitches.
[k2, p6, (k2, p5) twice, k9, p5, k2, p5] twice - this is confusing, but take it carefully looking at how the brackets fall. First you K2, P6 (by now for this section you’ve worked [COLOR=“blue”]8 [/COLOR]stitches), then (K2, P5) TWICE so that’s another [COLOR=“blue”]14[/COLOR] stitches worked, then K9, P5, K2, P5 means another [COLOR=“Blue”]21 [/COLOR]stitches worked. But all that fell within a set of square brackets, so you do it all a second time (“twice” being written after those brackets) … meaning you’ve worked [COLOR=“blue”]43 x 2, ie 86[/COLOR] stitches over that bracketed section.
[p5, k2, p5, k9, p4] 0 (1) time = [COLOR=“blue”]25[/COLOR] stitches
[B]TOTAL[/B] - 136 stitches!!! not 146! :?? :help: