Trouble with pattern

I have a pattern that starts with chain 2 and in second chain from hook, do 8 single crochets and join, then chain 1 and in same space sc decrease, ch 1, around. The problem I am having is that it is supposed to divide into 8 equal sections for the next row but it does not, because of the extra stitch that happens at the original join site. Should it have read, ch1 then 7 single crochets?