With only 5-10 sts, I CO, pull the cord through the sts about halfway and push the sts to then ends of the needles. Then use a 2nc circ or dpn to work the first round. If you use dpns, put the sts on only 2 of them, use a 3rd to knit with, then after you've increased and done more rounds, start using the 4th needle and rearrange the sts. Or you can CO, knit the first round then join after you increase and have more sts on the needle.
sue- knitting heretic