Ok, so I have been working on a poncho pattern and I have run into some more problems. The pattern reads like this:
Cowl: With shorter circular needle, cast on 78 sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts. Mark for beg of rnd and carry marker up (use different colored marker here).
Rnd 1: K37, place marker, k2, place marker, k37, place marker, k2.
Rnd 2: P37, sl marker, k2, sl marker, p37, sl marker, k2. Rep these 2 rnds until piece measures 8” from beg.
Body: St st Band: Rnd 1: M1k, k37, M1k, place marker, k2, place marker, M1k, k37, M1k, place marker, k2 – 82 sts.
Rnd 2: Knit. Continue to inc 4 sts in this manner every other rnd until piece measures 6” from beg when measured straight up front and back from neck to point, end with Rnd 1.
What I am having trouble with is the Body part. I have done the cowl neck and it worked out just great. Now I am trying to increase one every time it says to and I am having so much trouble. First of all, when I increase 4 in a round, I have those extra 4 stitches to deal with at the end of the round. So, do I place a new round marker there to mark the beginning of the new round or do I knit the next 4 stitches and oficially start the new round where the old marker is?? (I sure hope this makes sense... it is so hard to explain.). My other problem is that if I count 37 stitches every time, the increases are in different spots then. Aren't the increases supposed to line up all the way down the poncho so that you have a point in the front and back and at both sides?? What am I doing wrong?? Finally, there are small holes where I am making the increases. I am following the video that is on this site for M1 increase and yet there is still a little hole where I make the increase and of course they aren't even lining up because the increases I am making are somehow at different spots.
I can't seem to figure out what I am doing wrong and how to fix it. The pattern seems so confusing to me.
I really appreciate all the help on this... I am going mad trying to figure it out myself and so I thought I would ask here as I always get such great advice.
p.s. Once again the url to the pattern I am using (complete with picture) is: