i searched crochet instructions online, and yes, i was actually doing it correctly. but it was tedious. seriously. so i left it on the counter and every time i walked past, i'd do a bit more until finally, this
done. done. done! i chose not to put in buttonholes (see above, couldn't tell left front from right front) and added an extra button (sold in packs of two.... what would i do with another toggle button?)
hopefully i'll get some wear in before the temperatures rise again!