staciakoz, what everyone has told you is correct, but doing what the pattern says to do will not make the hat look like it says it will. It says you have a cord at the edge and from the picture I think maybe it has a cord on each edge. There is a note in the gray box about the cord. It gives the directions for making an i-cord in that box. But you can't follow those directions and get an i-cord along the edge of this piece of knitting.
The directions say to
slip 4 stitches purl wise with yarn in front then knit the rest of the row
at the beginning of the row. That won't make an i-cord. It says something about making the cord along the edge like maybe you did what was in the gray box and slip 4 at the beginning of each row. Maybe, but I couldn't get it to work and make an i-cord along each side doing anything of the sort.
So I started thinking and working on it and here is something that will make an i-cord along each edge with garter in the middle. It does necessitate one end being slightly longer than the other but it is all I could come up with.
CO your 32 stitches as it tells you to.
Set up row (worked only once): K4, with the yarn in back slip the 4 stitches back to the left hand needle. Knit the 4 stitches again, pulling tightly on the first stitch (you are making an i-cord here so work all 4 with that in mind), then continue to knit across the rest of the row to the last 4 stitches, with the yarn in back slip the last four stitches. Turn.
Row 1 (WS): Purl 4 (see note) pulling the first st tightly (these 4 are the i-cord), move the yarn to the back and knit across to the last 4 sts, with the yarn in front slip the last 4 sts. Turn.
Row 2: K4 for the i-cord pulling the first stitch very tightly, continue to knit across the row to the last 4 sts, with the yarn in back slip 4, turn.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until it is as long as you need it to fit.
NOTE: When you purl these 4 stitches the strand will be coming across in front of the 4 stitches you are going to purl. It is a little weird, but it works. The first stitch is a bit tricky.
You have a strand coming across stitches for each i-cord and you want the strands to end up on the same side and you want both cords to be knit on the right side so you have to purl one of them.
I think the pattern shows an i-cord at each edge. If you only want one at the bottom edge do it this way.
CO as directed
Row 1 (WS): K across to the last 4 sts. WYF sl4, turn.
Row (2): K4 for i-cord pulling first st tightly, knit the rest.
I hope the rest of the hat has better instructions than this part did.