I used "following the directions", lol! Let's see, holding wrong sides together, I did 2 sc in each space, chain two. I have no idea why it didn't work before. I was probably overthinking it, or I had in my mind how it "should" look and maybe that was different from how it was really supposed to look.
I should be able to post the FO by this weekend (it goes a lot faster than I imagined!)