K1, p1 is referring to the stitches not the rows, and that makes ribbing or seed stitch which is what it says to do for the first few rounds, even on the chart. (Hint- if you CO an odd number of sts and k1 p1 on all rounds, you won't have 2 knits or 2 purls at the end/beg of the rounds. Then you can add or dec 1 stitch to get the 88 or 198 to work the pattern).
After that you work in the banded eyelet pattern which still continues k1 p1 with YOs and decs and knits. You do that for about 27 rounds, then you work the stockinette stitch for 6 rounds. After that you do some more seed stitch, then more st st and finish with the eyelet pattern and end with seed stitch. So I'm not sure where you're at, but that's basically what's going on.