"How could this be? Its a simple enough repeat."
Well, that's where I made my mistake. Thinking it was so simple that I didn't pay attention to the pattern, and forgot that on the wrong side, you have to start out with a purl stitch. That little purl stitch made all the difference.
|Left side bad, right side good.|
I'm fond of the plaited basket stitch and want to use it, I just need to see if I can shape it.
One other thing learned. Bulky yarn that's been tightly wound into a ball for the last 5 years probably isn't going to produce a good swatch. Better to skein, wash and dry first.