I'm working on the Amelia Earhart hat now in a yummy mohair blend from Patton's, but it's REALLY confusing. ( http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/kpatt07.htm
) Has anyone made this pattern before? what is it trying to tell me with the stitches on the left needle and the wrapped stitches...? I'm so confused ! Do you work those stitches on the L needle, or...?
I haven't made this, but it looks like the pattern wants you to work short rows
. It's a method of shaping that lets you work just the center of a row. Moving the stitch from the left to the right needle and back, wrapping your working yarn around it as you do, lets you do that without making a hole in your work. The bold section that starts with "After working the last P st..." is just an explanation for the part of the pattern that says "W&T (Wrap, slip the wrapped stitch, and Turn: (37 st; 1 on left needle, 36 on right needle)."
Knitty has a pretty good feature on short rows at http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/FEATbonnetric.html