I was intrigued by this pattern so I had to give it a try to see where the difficulty might be. What a fun little project!
If you are still having trouble with it, and you would like to actually SEE how it's done, I would be happy to do a video showing this project from beginning to end and post it on my website. It would be just like the one I did for the Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth
a while back. You would be able to watch the video while stitching along.
Let me know if you think that would be helpful to you.