I finally have this thing done and how I like it!
To make this I cast on 100 sts and worked garter for 8 rows. I then *knit 10, cast off 10, then used a knitted cast on to cast on 10* across the row to make the holes. I did garter for 7 rows before doing another hole row, only with the cast off/on before the knit 10. At the top I did 8 more rows of garter before using a sewn bind-off.
I hope that, along with the pictures, makes some sort of sense. I know it does to me, but it might not to other people.