I think I get it. At least the part about how you run into trouble after the first go-round of the pattern
When you say slip the stitches, do you mean put them on another needle to work back the purl direction and then put it back on the needle to continue? If this is so, would this be something I do on only the even rows?
Why does every new thing I try seem to put me out of my league. I thought this would be simple!!!!