The stitch pattern starts on the wrong side. It is supposed to be a k1, p1 rib. It needs to end with 2 purl stitches in order to have the right side have knit stitches at both edges.
Try #1, I started with the 2 pulls stitches. Try #2, iz got it right, but worked the body pattern, which has the right side knit. Sorry the image is sideways.
The third time I got it right. The band is made of reversible cables. It will be sewn to the front and a zipper put in after the second band is done.
I have to knit about 24 inches for each band. That's not hard now that I am on the right track.