I have a feeling this won't be the last question on this pattern. I now understand joining the yarn and binding off 8 stiches in the middle and working both sides. Good to go on that one. I am confused about another part of this neck section.
The instructions (below) for the front say " Cont to work Raglan Armhole Shaping as for back..."
The part I don't understand is how much of the 'Raglan Armhole Shaping' from the BACK to complete before moving to the point where I 'join second ball of yarn'. At first it seemed I should work the full armhole as per the back to the point of binding off but then I don't understand why the pattern would subsequently say to continue as follows.. 'When all Raglan Armhole Shaping has been worked and piece measures same length as back...' as it implies continuing to knit more than just the binding off the 8 and doing the decreases.
Hope this is clear. Referenced pattern excerpt below.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR BACK
Raglan Armhole Shaping: Bind off 4 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7) sts at beg of next 2 rows 48 (52, 56, 62, 66, 70) sts. Dec 1 st each side every 3rd row 2 (2, 4, 4, 4, 6) times as foll:
when dec falls on RS row K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts; end ssk, k1;
when dec falls on WS row p1, p2tog, p to last 3 sts; end ssp, p1. Dec 1 st each side every other row 15 (16, 15, 16, 18, 17) times, working only RS row dec above.
Bind off rem 14 (16, 18, 22, 22, 24) sts.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FRONT
Work as for back until piece measures 21 (22, 23½, 24½, 25½, 26) (if you have adjusted body length to underarm, adjust accordingly), end with a WS row. Neck Shaping: Cont to work Raglan Armhole Shaping as for back, join 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 8 (8, 10, 14, 14, 14) sts. Working both sides at once, dec 1 st from each neck edge every other row 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4) times. When all Raglan Armhole Shaping has been worked and piece measures same length as back, fasten off rem 1 st each side.
Again, help much appreciated for a beginner.