I'm going to cast on for the 3rd time and try it again. Thankfully it's a short project so I'm not discouraged with all the ripping. I eventually want to make 3 so I keep telling myself the time I put in on the front end will reap benefits once I figure it out and make more of the same.
Thanks for all the tips. I'm not good at winging it, but it seems I don't have much of a choice here.
Thanks for the tip on pulling the stitch down a bit. Yes my yarn is bulky and dark brown and all the stitches look bumpy because of the seed pattern. But I will look for the V (knit) or bump (pearl) and do the opposite.
Now if i can get the wrap and turn thing to work out I'll be very happy.