The reason I wrote Shirley Paden was because the VK pattern had one tier decreasing one stitch. On the return, the stitch magically reappears, making an undulating entrelac. Which is a damned FASCINATING concept, but not for this coat.
I think Shirley wrote me such an in depth explanation because the VK site is down, and she only wanted me to pester her once. It was nice of her to make the effort.