Thank you, mwhite. I appreciate the "loosely" comment too - I'll post the final product and see how I do.
Maniago, the pattern was found on Ravelry which led me to here. I changed some of the colors when the shop I went to did not have the colors as in the pattern.
I thought this was a great first project and now see the importance of weaving the threads back into the project. It was daunting to me though to be "done" with the project and then need to weave in forty threads! Lesson learned. I'll always weave in the threads from now on.