Thanks all. After looking at the pieces again, I decided to undo the bind off and use the three-needle method. I've used it before with great results. I just wasn't thinking aheadwhen the directions said to bind off and went blindly ahead. i think the problem may be that the pattern is designed for a fuzzy yarn, and the one I'm using is not so fuzzy. The biind off did not even show in the first I made with this pattern, but it was a VERY fuzzy yarn.
Knitqueen, thanks for the site.