We are here to help... you couldn't because it's impossible. Knitting doesn't work like that.
Holly, I think they've said it all. It is very unusual for the number of sts to be the same as the number of rows, especially for stockinette stitch. Stockinette st is definitely wider than tall, therefore you will need more rows for the same number of inches for stitches. Wendy is correct. It is much more important to reach gauge with the sts. Rows can be adjusted.
You also might want to check out the different knit/spin/dye/crochet alongs. You will find a lot of information there and lots of fun. We tend to go off on lots of tangents, but it is a way to get to know each other.
Has anyone knit the Impressionist afghan by Nina Isaacson?
I just received the yarn and pattern. The yarn kit by Knit Picks is just beautiful. But the pattern is really tricky.
If someone could advise me how to start this thing, I would forever greatful. I think if could get past the first part, I could get going. Also in the "set-up , I don't see rows 7 and 8. Don't know why these two rows are missing.
Hello! Is there any part in particular that you are getting caught up at in the pattern? I took a look at both patterns, and it looks like the set up row lists row 1-7. It then continues the increase section with is just two rows (one rs and one ws) that are worked while including the edge charts to either side. For the first seven set up rows, it looks like you are simple doing increases on the right side and purl/knits on the wrong side. After the set up row, simply work the edge chart, slip marker, increase, knit to next marker (right up to other edge pattern), increase, work other side of edge chart. The wrong side is worked the same but without any increases. This continues the same way until you start decreases, where decreases are worked in place of the increases.
Let me know what questions you have and we can get things back on track for you :)
jenny @ knit picks