sandy, i've never joined like that before. i've always just started knitting the first row. i'm a really tight knitter for the first few rows in most of my projects, so i don't think it has messed any of them up. but your way looks like it would work really well (and maybe get me to loosen up just a little bit :rollseyes:). i'll definitely have to try it with my next HP hat!
[SIZE="1"]those sure are some big ol' dpns! :teehee:[/SIZE]