Thank you both so much!!
I finally figured out what I was doing wrong, I think. When going through the back of the second stitch on the left needle and then through the front of same, I was in some way picking up a loop of yarn creating an added stitch. Instead of knitting the back and dropping it then knitting the front and dropping it I was doing some sort of weird combo thing.
Who knows. The garment is a cropped raglan cardigan and there are neckline increases by way of knit in the front and back stitches and these crossed stitches appear to be decorative for the neckline. After about two hours with my big Vogue book and Stitch and Bitch and the internet I finally got it!!!!!!!! The pattern says to LCS and purl 1 for so many stitches to the center back of the neckline then RCS and purl 1 the rest of the way around.
Susan the Self Taught Frogger!!