I have a question concerning the above pattern. After casting on, the directions state to place a marker on the needle between the first and last stitch. The skirt is worked first. Does that mean that you will knit a continuous round, so all stitches are connected (first and last)? Exactly how is that done? The pattern does not have any directions for sewing a side seam in the dress skirt, so I am assuming at this point that all stitches in the skirt are connected. I have never done this when using circular knitting needles. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!