Thanks to all three of you for your help! I have been very excited about starting this pattern for quite some time but had a few obstacles in my way:
1. I needed all of my circular wire as this is a very large project and one of them was being used by a smaller project.
2. My Needlemaster kit came with 4 lengths of cable to theoretically make a number of different lengths, but only came with ONE coupler, so I wasn't able to connect all 4 until I ordered more couplers online.
3. The two "stitch" issues above addressed by some awesome knitters on this forum!
Now, it's time to get started! I'll let you know how it goes!