figured it out, it does say in the pattern, I was just confused because of the way it was written:
Work in a 2x2 garter rib pattern until the total length of the cap is 5 to 6 inches. The stitch pattern is as follows:
Round 1: K2 P2 around. Round 2: Knit. (purl if working flat)
I took that to mean work in 2x2 garter rib and THEN do the stitch pattern when what it really means is 2x2 garter rib IS that stitch pattern. :doh:
Thanks for the reply, though!