I am making a hat on circular needles and I have gotten to the decreases. the first row starts like this- *ssk, P16; K2tog; rpt from * to end. I started with 80 stitches and I am supposed to end this round with 72 stitches. I know how to ssk and of course K2tog. my question is after I do the first ssk, P16 and K2tog do I do another ssk right after I do the K2tog ? That is what the instructions seem to say. I did three inches of K1P1 ribbing and then 4 inches of purling which gives me a very nice looking reverse stockinette stitch. I am pleased with the hat so far so I don't want to mess this up. Also about when should I start using DPN's ?