Maybe it's prideful of me to think that I've seen almost everything in knitting, and that I know a thing or two about a thing or two in regards to knitting. But getting stumped (twice) made for some pretty funny behavior on my part. I read the directions...something about wrapping twice for each stitch, and proceeded to think, "Oh, you mean a double yarn over" and then shortly thereafter realizing that nooooooo, that's not what I'm supposed to do at all. In a funk, I set the whole thing down and put it in a time out.
I've noticed that when I am stumped by knitting, two things need to happen for me to work it out (usually). Thing 1: Realize that all knitting instructions are horribly literal. One of the many times when I flunked the Swallowtail Shawl knit, I kept seeing the YO symbol. So I'd YO (Yarn Over, in case you didn't know). Or so I thought. After several shredded attempts, yards of mangled alpaca lace weight and on the verge of chewing my wooden knitting needles into oblivion, I lurched my way into Yarns Etc to ask for help. It was so simple to fix it was embarrassing. I was doing a yarn over, all right, but then I was immediately launching into knitting the next stitch, as though that is the full extent of how to do a yarn over. Oh no no no, muchacha. As you all know, a yarn over is where you simply bring the yarn.forward. Full stop. Stop.
This brings me to Thing 2: Stop. Put it down, walk away. Leave it to simmer in its own juices for a day or three. Let the solution percolate through your brain. That's what it took for me. About three days of scratching my head about it from time to time, feeling irritated about getting held up on knitting it, and suddenly, EUREKA!!
I got it!! But of course! Insert the right needle as if to knit, then wrap the yarn two times (duh hur dur) around the right needle. Welllll, all righty then! Moving on.
I was cruising along until later on in the pattern where I was told to do something that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Not anything crazy. It didn't tell me to take the hand knit to the scary part of town and dance with it in the moonlight. But it did tell me to knit into the purl bumps of the row underneath!!!! Say WHAHHAAAAAT?!?