Thank you, everyone!:aww:
The beauty is in the yarn, and the knitting was really simple--just a lot of it. I just cast on 51 stitches, did a double decrease in the center, purled across the back, and worked it until I got down to one stitch left. Then I made another piece and picked up down the side of that and up the side of the other and made another section. The only pieces that were knit individually were the bottom ones. The rest is all knit together. To fill in the sides, I knit in triangles that had to be mattress stitched along one side, but I made sure I did that as I went, or I knew I'd have sides that flapped in the breeze.
It looks, as much knitting does, much more complicated than it was.