Ok, I'm starting to thing that maybe I'm just not supposed to make this darn blanket. I started it, got six rows in and realized that back in row two, I screwed up the seed stitch pattern, and had to frog the whole thing. Then I remembered I didn't have the pattern with me, and had to wait to get started again till I got the beginning of the pattern, (thanks guys for that one, BTW). So I start casting on, and get about 100 stitches in and realize I don't have enough yarn to finish! So, then I finally get it cast on and I'm going along all hunky dory and then I find that over here, I've got three rows, and on this side I've got five! I got myself turned around and had to undo that part and go back about a row and a half and re-do it! AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!
Anyone else have a pattern give them grief like that? Geez, if the rest of this thing doesn't go smoothly, I may give up. Or at least give me a nice long break between screw-ups!
Yes, I've had patterns do that to me (This sweater, most recently). First my gauge was way off. Then the seed stitch was off. Then the cables looked wrong. Then I re-made the cables and they still looked wrong. Finally I figured out what I was doing wrong with the cables and the whole thing came together pretty fast, except for a small seed-stitch problem on the sleeves that I decided just isn't that important.
Don't worry, you'll get it eventually. Have you tried googling the pattern to see if other people had similar problems? If nothing else, at least you're learning some patience, and isn't that what knitting is all about?
I shudder to think about all the additional projects I'd have finished if I hadn't ripped out and started all over again. I just chalk it up to learning, and that's how things go with hand-knit items- at least for me.
It also depends how much you try to have your pattern "perfect" because now I'm a firm believer of the saying you have to toss in a mistake here and there so you know it's hand made, btw, quilters like that expression too