Oh, yeah, it must be 2x2 to get the cuff to look the same......Actually, I wonder if it is just a bit big on her, therefore not very stretched out? When I knit 2x2, it seems that it looks that way, until you stretch it over something. I really think now that the footy pattern might be 100% the way to go - plus it looks easy
Oh, and be sure to post pics after you finish it!
ONE more thing........check out footy on ravelry!