I'm about to start working a hat pattern that I got on Ravelry (the pattern is Le Dane by Particules Particules). I looked over the pattern before I started, and I'm a bit confused by the decrease portion of the hat. Here is the pattern as written:
(working 96 sts in the round on circular needles)
Round 1: *k2tog, k8* repeat until 4 sts remain; k1.
Round 2-4: K around.
Round 5: *k2tog, k7* repeat until 3 sts remain; k1.
Round 6 (and all even rounds): k around.
Round 7: *k2tog, k6* repeat until 2 sts remain; k1.
Round 9: *k2tog, k5* repeat until 1 st remains; k1.
Round 11: *k2tog, k4* repeat until 2 sts remain; k1.
Round 13: *k2tog, k3* repeat until 3 sts remain; k1.
Round 15: *k2tog, k2* repeat until 2 sts remain; k1.
Round 17: k2tog around.
The part I am having difficulty with is what to do with the (1, 2, 3, 4) stitches that remain. I can't just ignore them until the end, as I'm working in the round. do I slip them and not knit them? Do I knit them? They have to go somewhere and I can't figure out where. I cast on and tried working the decrease but it isn't making sense to me.
Thanks in advance! Much appreciated