That really clears things up. Yes, I got 5 sts/inch with the #7 needles, so is that the right size I should stick with? I want a 22" diameter on the hat (dh's head is 22 3/4, but it's better to stretch then be too big, right?). So, I figured that to be 110 sts to CO. So, would I add those extra stitches just anywhere between the ear flaps? Do I increase the number of stitches anywhere besides that CO (like the ear flaps, etc...?).
After CO the instructions say, "If using thinner wool, knit one round; then purl 6 (8), knit 20 (20), purl 32 (34), knit 20 (20), purl 6 (8). Continue knitting in stockinette st, until the hat measures 6" (6 1/2")."
So, that means that the second row knits and purls in sections rather than a stockinette st, right? I guess I need to convert all those numbers as well?
Maybe I should post this as a new thread to give you a break, or are you the only moderator?