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Knitting Charts Hate Me

It's true, knitting charts can't stand me.  I don't really know why but they get a kick out of confusing the crap out of me. You see, for my New Year's resolution for this year was to improve my mad knitting skillz by learning colorwork.  So I started with a knifty little intarsia pattern knit along (KAL) on one of my Ravelry groups. It is a single 9" argyle square pattern with a seed stitch border.  I've been working on it for 2 days.  2 DAYS!!! And this is as far as I've gotten:

At first glance this may not look to bad.  However, I had major trouble with the seed stitch border at first so I ended up having to go by "common sense" instead of what I could decifer from the chart because when I tried to decifer from the chart my border went from seed stitch to k1p1 rib. Once I managed to deal with the seed stitch issue I felt momentarily triumphant, then I saw the hole.  

See that little space there about 4 stitches in where you can see the table through the piece?   Yeah, that's not supposed to be there. I also somehow ended up with 2 extra stitches on my needle.  How that happened I have no idea.   Soooo, I decided to frog the whole thing and start all over.   Maybe I'll have better luck this time around.

Yet another craft fail.