Is the poncho piece supposed to look symetrical? Maybe you're supposed to do it on the end of the row as well as the beginning? Where exactly are you in the pattern? Maybe if you tell us the whole line, we can help you. If it's the pattern's fault and it's wrong, that's really too bad. You might also try a search for the book title and "errata." (That's the word, isn't it?) I've seen website's with errata listed for a book.
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