I am going to try what you suggested. Thanks.
Here is what the pattern says exactly just so you can see exactly what I am reading. Am I making it harder than it needs to be?
[i]"There is a slip stitch at the edges of all the garment pieces. this treatment makes the garment hang and assemble nicely. Failure towork these slip stitches will make the garment lool sloppy. To learn it, and imbed it in your memory, I suggest you practice. So, here are directions for a gauge swatch,
Cast on 15 stitches
Work garter st with slip-stitch (sl-st) edge: with yarn in front (yf), slip first st purl-wise, take yarn to back, and knit to end. Repeat this row to 13 garter ridges. Bind Off. Piece should measure 4 x 4 without including sl sts, cast-on or bind off."[/i]