I promise to post a picture as soon as I get it revised. I picked up the stitches from the waist and started decreasing until it got to half the original stitches. Now I have to redo the beltloops and I'll be done. I'll post it then.
ecuzzacrea, I think I would start with half the stitches it calls for, say 75 (casting on LOOSELY so it will go over your head), then over the next few rows increase until you get to the 150 stitches then follow the pattern. Remember it will add length to the original so take that into consideration when knitting the length before you start on the pleats.