knitting an afghan in panels of different number of rows
I'm following a pattern from "The Ultimate Book of Knit Afghans" for the Fisherman's Knit afghan. It is knit in 5 panels, each panel has a different number of rows. I knitted the outside panel first, which has 331 rows. I knitted the middle panel second (maybe I should have done that first). In total the finished piece should have 313 rows. However, I've knitted 181 rows and it is almost the same length as the first panel I knitted. How can it be so far off? Should I continue to follow the pattern or just go by length?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.