I had the same problem. No one was able to help either. So what I finally did was decrease (yes even the oblong dropped stitches) and just took every row and analyzed it from a point in the previous row where I knew it was correct, then count backwards to get to the stitch where I could pick up the correct pattern sequence again. It might not be totally correct, but it looks okay and I don't think anyone would ever know there were problems with the pattern, especially since it will be felted. Now, I have to start the matching opposite side! Ugh, nothing like re-inventing the wheel. I would advise that anyone who is not an experienced knitter - Don't even try it! I love Nicky's designs, but it seems like I always have problems with them and when I get them done, I am exhausted!