Thanks ladies!! I think I may have gotten it. Originally I was trying to work the pattern stitch from my stockinette stitch guage piece, an uneven number of stitches. Then I decided to go out on a limb and cast on the number of stitches required (an even number of stitches) for the Left Front and try exactly as stated in the pattern. It's looking more like the photo, I think.
Thank you for your time and consideration and expertise! It's nice to know this forum-thing really works.