Thank you all for responding!!!!!!!!!! It feels so warm and fuzzy not to be trying to figure this out alone; well, alone with my husband and children, which is even more complicated.
You know, the description in the book (Hip Knit Hats) does sound more like kfb than m1, but what they call it is m1. I think you may be right. As to the 24st, I had decided to skip the ones between needles in order to reduce it a bit; silly, I know, but the 21 were already making me anxious!
Thanks again, I will start over and try it with kfb.