Knitting ears for a hat with double pointed needles

Hi,

My pattern starts this way:

Using two of the U.S. 11 double pointed needles, cast on one stitch in main color (orange spice)
Row 1: k1fb (2 sts)
Row 2: k1fb, k1fb (4 sts)
Row 3: k1fb, purl 2, k1fb (6 sts)
Row 4: k1fb, knit 4, k1fb (8 sth)… etc

First, cast on 1? How do I do that? Is just the slipknot?

Then, do I continue like with normal needles in the next row and so on? Why dpkn? Couldn’t this be done with regular ones?

Cheers

Yes, make a slip knot to start.
I suspect the pattern is on dpns because the earflaps are relatively small. Unless there’s something further along in the instructions that makes dpns preferable (need to have access to both edges of the earflap for example) , you could substitute other needles.

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