NOTE: reference Double Circular Method and Using Double Pointed Needles if this is your first time knitting in the round.
CO 40 (44, 48) sts using the long tail cast-on method and the set of double point or circular needles.
Divide stitches evenly among needles.
Join and work in k2, p2 rib for 7 [7.5, 8] inches.
At the beginning of the round, *K2, P2* three times, then make a 6-stitch buttonhole as follows:
Bring yarn to front, slip one purlwise, bring yarn to back.
*Slip one purlwise, pass first slipped stitch over second; repeat from * 5 more times.
Place last stitch back on left needle and turn. Cast on 7 stitches as follows:
*Insert right needle between the first and second stitches on left needle, draw up a loop, and place it on the left needle
Repeat from * 6 more times and turn.
Bring yarn to back, slip first stitch on left needle onto right needle and pass last cast-on stitch over it.
Finish round in pattern.
Work one more inch in 2X2 rib [k2, p2].
BO all stitches.
Weave in ends.
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