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Stuck with a crochet pattern

I'm making the free pattern that came with the crasftsy "Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace" class. It's a cute wristlet pattern that has broomstick lace insertions.

Here's the pattern on ravely, and here it is on the Stitch Diva website (that's where I got the photo above).

The only problem is that I'm stuck. Unfortunately, since the pattern is free, there's no where on craftsy to ask a question about it. I asked the question on ravelry but I'm not sure anyone will answer.

Here is where I am with this:

The instructions now say:

"Take a look at the glove at this point. You will see tiny imperfections at the beginning of each round. Orient the glove on your arm so that this side lays to the outer, palm side of your forearm when your arms are laid on the table.  Put clip-on mrks on the 2 fpdc at the base of the thumb"

Which I understand to mean that I need to mark two adjacent stitches, like so:

However the next instruction line says:

"Next 5 (5, 6) Rounds: Increases - Sl st around post of first st from front to back, ch 3, fpdc around each st to st before first marker, fpdc around marked st and transfer marker to st just made, fpdc around same st so that 2nd st is on TOP of first st, fpdc up to and including next marked st, fpdc BEHIND first fpdc made in marked st, transfer marker to fpdc just made, fpdc around each st to end, sl st to top of beg ch-3—46 (50, 56) sts"

And I have no idea how to interpret this. I thought I might have been wrong about the marker but having two different stitches marked does not help.

Any ideas on how to proceed here? Not really sure what TOP and BEHIND mean either.


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