Jan, yes, i have the recommended yarn (and it was very pricey!) I even went to my lys and the lady there could not help me. She even looked in the yarn book for this specific yarn and made sure there was no yarn cofusion and sure enough I had the correct yarn. She agrees with me that I had gone up way to many needles for me to get a nice fabric and I keep getting this very loose knit and it's still coming up too small. She even called the yarn distributor for Knit1 magazine and the lady there said that other people have complained but that there is nothing wrong as far as she's concerned.
Dorothy, I am not that confortable at changing the pattern. The other problem is the pattern only comes in one size "med/large". Hubby is a large which means I will need to add a few stiches here and there to make it even bigger. Can anyone advise me on this? I will make a separate post asking this very question.
Thank you to those who responded