bespectacled: yes, they are from "Jean Greenhowe's: Little Dumpling Dolls". Its not really a book, more like a magazine or pamphlet (the word escapes me now) but its full of cute stuff like tiny potted plants and veggies.
Ohhhh, I like them. Isn't knitting in the round addicting? And as much as I'd like to take credit for adding ribbon to the legwarmers, that was actually suggested by PrincessJazz- hey gotta give credit where its due
I did K1P1 for about 2 inches at the top of each, then switched to stockinette. Also, I sewed some elastic to the ribbed part. You can also find elastic string that can be woven into the yarn, which you should be able to adjust.
At that point I stopped using stitch markers all together, so this probably won't be of much help to you. But I would just sew it up normally and not try to awkwardly readjust the front and back panels. Of course, I'm of the mindset that felting fixes everything.
Alceria, I completely agree with you about the way the pattern is written! I did the messenger bag at the end of December and ended up modifying it because the instructions were not clear. It seems as though they messed up what was supposed to be in italics and parentheses some of the time too. I haven't checked the SNB errata page about it though.
Still, I ended up with a really cool bag, so I'm not all that upset!