Originally Posted by Jan in CA
Just leave all 4 stitches on one needle and them flat. I'm assuming there are increases. So after you increase a few roes it'll be easier to split the stitches and join. If you can post a few rows of the pattern it'll help.
It says "in MC, cast on 4 stitches on DPNs or 2 circular needles. Join to work in the round.
Round 1 (WS) knit.
Round 2, KL, K1 * repeat to end (8 stitches).
Round 3 knit," etc., so the stitches do increase. I just couldn't imagine joining 4 stitches on any set up, so I will try what you and Grumpy Grandma suggest!