I am wondering if you are doing the stitches correctly. The only reason I mention this is because I tried to do the 'grandmothers favorite dishcloth' and on one side my stitches were beautiful. I had the holes where they belonged and the other side where there were supose to be holes there was none... BECAUSE I didn't do my stitches right.. In my case it was a YO and I am thinking I was dropping my YO on the one end.. I'm not sure.. but once I realized what I did it was ok.. As for the piece you have started I think a lot of what you are looking at can be made to look very nice with a good blocking. I wouldn't start over unless you really want to.. but I would research the internet and make sure you are doing the stitches just as they are intended..