I'm not an advanced knitter so I can't help much except to say that this lady seems to have experienced problems with the same pattern. Good luck, hope it works out for you.
Fast forward to last week and I had these three skeins of pink chenille and no desire to use it for a hat, a scarf or a bag. Then I remembered this little jacket and decided to check out the book again and try it in the chenille.
This one's a little better, but I won't be trying it a third time.
This isn't meant to be a complaint about the pattern. I think it's been a mix of bad luck, yarn choice, gauge and maybe the alignment of the planets or something squirrely like that.