I think I'm still confused. This is a pattern for a baby hat. You do a few inches of ribbing and then comes this "mock cabling." This is the pattern:
In the cabling section:
1) Will the slipped stitch really be stretchy enough to pass over two stitches?
2) There's a yarn-over in second row. If there's no decreasing in other rows for the next 5", isn't this hat going to be some inverted cone-head shape, ala' Saturday Night Live skits?