thx for your help! I am eternally grateful!
I think I understand some...Here is the beginning of the pattern:
Ch 218. Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn-217 (that's easy)
Row 2: Ch 5, skip first 2 sc, sc in next sc, *ch 5, skip 3 sc, sc in next sc; rep from * to last 2 sc; ch 2, dc in last sc; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in dc, *ch 5, sc in ch-5 lp; rep from* across, working last sc in 3rd ch of ch-5; turn.