Jan, good luck! No matter which side I did the decreases, it looked wrong. I think that's because throughout the pattern, it's a K1, P1 pattern, and then they have you doing all K's for the decreases with no P's in there. I modified the decrease rows a bit to include for P1's too, and it looks okay...not great, but okay ("passable"). I used some darkish teal yarn to make this hat so I don't think it is "unsightly", but I think if I would've used a lighter colored yarn to try to figure out this pattern--being that it is a bit off--it might've looked a lot worse. Not having a ton of knitting experience behind me, I tried to do the best I could and to do what I think made sense to me. I'm going to block it and see what happens. I also think the main body of the hat (before the decreases) should've been knitted a little bit longer because to me, the hat feels a bit "short" (barely covers my ears, not like the one one the web page shows), but maybe this is because I have a larger head?