I think it's designed that way, so that it will be easy to start knitting the hood when you finish knitting your sections. They probably have it end on a different row, so the live stitches will be open at the correct sides. Who knows? I'm not a professional knitting designer, so I'm just guessing here.
I'll catch up with you soon!
Would you mind if I mention your name on the Bernat Blog, letting others see your cape?