I started out knitting it flat because of the sheer number of stitches...I was not able to join in the round without a twist or two. I'm going to have about a 2" seam at the bottom, but that's not going to show. I started over three times, but finally got it joined. I'm going to be doing some shaping and will eventually go down to probably a 47" circ or maybe smaller, I'm not sure yet. I'm only using the bottom part of that pattern because I liked the way it looked. I'm going to improvise with the rest. Just a little too short for an old woman, if you know what I mean Maybe if I were 30 years younger I'd wear it that short, but certainly not now.