Which brings up an unfortunate point. When you knit the braid, you are sorta knitting two rows at once - the horizontal "braid" part and then the vertical regular knitting part. Well, I'm not sure how to do this so that only the horizontal part is the contrast color. Hmmm...I wonder if there is a way to do that? It would probably look better. On my piece (no camera still), the horizontal and of course the vertical parts are both in the contrast color. And I'm not sure that I like it.
I know, I know. Should have let things well enough alone. Kate Gilbert is much better at this designing part than I am. That's why we pay her money for her patterns. Me - not so much. I've got the cuff knit through the first flower chart. Then one row plain, one braid, one plain and onto the leaf chart.
This is (I think) the fifth time I've cast on this mitten. And I'm not sure that I'm not going to rip it out also. I'll fool around with the braid coming up and then make up my mind.
But I'll tell ya something! If this gets ripped again - I'm knitting a different pattern for my mitten swap partner, that's for darn sure.