I have an old knitting pattern for a couple of bootees from the 50s and I have gotten stuck already in the beginning of the pattern. The pattern says:
Cast on 40 stitches.
1st row: *K.4, P.4, repeat from * to 4 last stitches, K.4.
2nd row: *P.4, K.4, repeat from * to 4 last stitches, P.4.
Repeat these two rows twice more.
7th row: (Slip the first to sts. on to a cable needle and put to back of work, K.2, K. the two sts. from cable needle). This will be called Twist 2 K. (Slip the next two sts on to a cable needle and put to back of work, P.2, P the two sts from cable needle). This will be called Twist 2 P. Repeat these two stiches until last 4 sts, Twist 2 K.
8th row: *P.4, K.4, repeat from * to 4 last sts, P4.
My problem begins already with the first two rows - they don’t seem to match when knitting back and front. It gets even worse when doing the Twist 2 K and Twist 2 P next to each other. Has anyone encountered something similar or have any thoughts on this pattern description? Could there be something missing? As far as I know, when doing cable knits you don’t do them right after one another without any stitching in between. The pattern claims to have professional knitters trying the patterns before release to make sure they are working perfectly, so maybe it’s simply I who can’t wrap my mind around it.
Thank you to anyone who could save my bootees!