Join MC to work STs saved to a ST holder

So I’m knitting the Harry Bear from and have found the pattern remarkably easy and well-detailed. Tho I’ve had to scour the knitting videos to figure out how to do some of the increases and casting-on additional stitches at the end of a row, I’m not sure how to start on the 2nd ear in the last line of these instructions:

1st Ear: Purl 5.
Row 1 (RS): (Inc 1, k1) twice, Inc 1 – 8 sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: Knit – 8 sts.
Row 4: P2 tog, p4, p2 tog – 6 sts.
Row 5: K2 tog, k2, k2 tog – 4 sts.
Row 6: Bind off as follows: K2 tog twice. Bind off last 2 sts.
[B]2nd Ear: With WS facing, [U]join MC [/U]and purl 5 sts from holder.[/B]
Work same as for 1st ear.
[I](emphasis mine)[/I]

The working yarn is on the first ear, bound-off and cut. How do I start purling the 5 sts on the holder? Do I start with the independent working MC looped around my finger and weave the tail into that just-worked row? Do I need to twist anything? Do I have it totally wrong? Am I not holding my mouth right?



You leave a tail and just start purling the sts. You can weave it in later.

you do it just like you said. hold the yarn, start purling and deal with the tail when your all finished . easy as pie

Thanks, you two! I suspected but didn’t think it’d be that easy! It’s silly to needlessly complicate things!