Well, Marnie was sweet enough to email me back with the question I had for her. Which she also posted above.
I'm with you Kelly, I've been running from charts ALWAYS but I wouldn't mind learning. I've got a couple new books, maybe they'll help. I stared at the pattern again,
and what is so confusing is you cast on 8 stitches, and distribute over 4 needles. Then, looking at the first row of the chart... duh,
there's only ONE stitch worked.
I just.... don't get it.
Would be really neat to knit this hat in a knit-a-long or whatever those are called. Also would be really neat if Marnie did different line by line instructions! I think I might be able to make a hat
just following a lace instruction from my new Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns.. and creating my own.