This project is suitable for intermediate knitters and intrepid beginners. Double pointed needles can seem intimidating at first but are easier to wrangle than they look.
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This pattern uses a few common stitches and abbreviations:
CO: cast on
PM: place stitch marker
SM: slip marker to right needle
wyif: with yarn in front
1x1 rib: K1, P1, repeat
SSK: slip two stitches knitwise, place stitches back onto left needle and knit them together
K2tog: knit two together