Stuck on hat pattern

i am new to this site but i hope it all works well i am trying to knit my first hat and need a bit of help here is the pattern i am stcuk on

Set-Up Round: [Work 36 (40, 44, 48) stitches in established 1 x 1 rib pattern, place marker] three times, work in established pattern to end of round.

Round 1: *[K1, p1] four times, k1, k2tog, work in established pattern to 2 stitches before next marker, ssk, repeat from * to end of round. [8 stitches decreased]

Round 2: *[K1, p1] four times, k1, p2tog, work in established pattern to 2 stitches before next marker, p2tog tbl, repeat from * to end of round. [8 stitches decreased] - See more at:

I dont understand why you would set up the first round with markers then go to a different pattern I’m confused?

Do I just do one round of ribbing then start round one and two?

Help is appreciated :pensive:

If I’m reading this correctly… The stitch markers are necessary because you are doing something two stitches before the marker on the next rows. It would be hard to keep track of something like that without the marker.

As for the ribbing… What is the pattern name and duo you have a link?