Sighh ... At least I am not alone in my moronicness (I have a tendency to invent words that suit).
The pattern I'm knitting - and yes, I WILL DO IT!, regardless of the seemingly endless need for starting over - starts with knitting a kind of shirt-tail for front and for back and then joining them into the one, seamless garment and going from there. I doubt there to be any possibility of protecting oneself from doing something halfwitted: one must simply CON-CEN-TRATE.
This is the pattern
, so that you can all see what a beautiful garment this is, and why I shall never give up on it ...
I'm very much appreciative of all the input: it does indeed make one feel less isolated in one's stupidity.