I don't think you're supposed to repeat all of 1a, but rather use what you have at this point. That is, bring the yarn behind the 3 stitches, and knit 3. Then bring the yarn between, slip 3, turn and knit 3, bring the yarn between, slip 3 turn and knit 3 etc, etc.
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