Yes, start and finish with that first stitch:
Once you've threaded the tapistry needle with about 10inches of yarn tail, use it like the right knitting needle. Pass the stitches one by one off the left needle onto the tapistry needle and when all the sts are on the yarn threaded through the tapistry needle, pull the yarn up tightly. You can then tie a knot to secure or go back around the sts and thread the yarn through all or some of them again. As Sue suggested, you can also use this yarn end to seam the hat down to the cast on edge.
that still just goes to the Youtube homepage...maybe if I search for it?What should I type in?I tried to find a helpful one yesterday but couldn't find anything..
I've never had a problem posting links before from my iPad so I don't know what is going on.
I'm on my computer now so hopefully this will work. The link is called How to Knit a Hat and it's by Howcast. They knit a blue hat then close the top and seam. The part you are asking about is at 1:24 or so. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLng5p-a1qg