Thank you for the explanation and the clarification on when to join. Somehow I missed that little sentence.
Now I come to another confusion, should be easy to see but I am not seeing it. I can figure out the harder instructions but the easy ones escape me.
In the pattern directions it says to place a marker after I join.
First part of pattern:
"Using circular needle, CO 84 sts. Do not join into rnd.
P1 row; join being careful not to twist. Place marker.
K brim; K for 5 rows, which will form a tightly curled edge.
Begin Staggered Rib
Staggered Rib Hat Body
7 rnds: K2, P2 around. Rep for 6 rnds. P1 rnd.
7 rnds: P2, K2 around. Rep for 6 rnds. P 1 rnd.
7 rnds: K2, P2 around. Rep for 6 rnds. P 1 rnd."
The part I don't understand is the marker. Is this marker placed at the end of the purl row or does it travel around as I knit the next part of the pattern. I am confused because of an instruction several lines down where it says,
"Hat Choices: At this point, the hat is ~ 3 in. from rolled up edge. If a longer/taller hat is desired, work 1 or 2 more sequences of the staggered rib, remembering the P rnd separator.
If the hat shape suits you, P1 rnd.
K rnds for 1 inch [6-7 rnds]. Begin hat shaping.
You can read the entire pattern @ the link above.