Holding 2 double-point (or circular) needles parallel with tips pointed in same direction, starting with yarn between needles and leaving a 6-inch tail (shown in darker blue throughout), wrap yarn alternately around each needle forming a figure eight as follows: With yarn in front, *take yarn up between the 2 needle tips to the back; take yarn behind and over top needle and then back between the 2 needles; take yarn in front of bottom needle, then back up between the 2 needles; repeat from *, ending with yarn between needles after wrapping it around bottom needle.
Using a 3rd double-point needle (or opposite tip of top circular needle if using 2 circular needles) and working yarn end (shown in lighter blue throughout), knit across the loops on the top needle.
Slide the stitches to the other end of the needles and rotate the needles so that the bottom needle is now on the top with the working yarn at the right. Knit across the loops on the needle that is now on top, working through the back loops so that the stitches aren't twisted.
This shows stitches on needles after first 2 rows are complete; there is the same number of stitches on top and bottom needles. Continue working as instructed in pattern.