I'm trying to follow a diamond chart for Robin Melanson's "Gothic" mittens. The pattern is for little wool mittens, which have a large cuff with a pretty channel island cast-on, then a little band of twisted stiches, then they decrease to a point over your hand with a pretty diamond shape in the middle and have a cute icord that slips over your middle finger to hold these fingerless beauties onto your hand.
So, the top is where I feel real dumb. The chart reads:
# k1-tbl on RS, p1-tbl on WS
* knit into st below next st on left hand needle
V slip 1 st purlwise with yarn in back
X slip 1 st purlwise with yarn in front
? purl into back of second st, but do not drop st from left hand needle, k2tog-tbl first 2 sts, slip both sts from left hand needle together
^ slip 1 st purlwise, slip 1 st knitwise, return slipped sts back to left needle in new orientations, k2tog these 2 sts, but do not drop sts from left needle, purl first st, slip both sts from left needle together
I'm having trouble with * which won't allow me to get any further than the first couple of rows before i pull it all out and try again. Do I knit into the 2nd stitch on my left needle and drop both stitches? Then it looks like I have dropped stitches. These are the first five rows of a 15 row decrease with a diamond pattern in the middle. (I'm knitting back and forth on straight needles.)
Any takers on maybe dumbing it down for me or something? It just looks terrible.
edit: I found a picture of them: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_vQ1XrE1J2d4/SHIS4vy_oKI/AAAAAAAAAH8/TUK1f8Es-6w/s1600-h/Gothic.JPG