Thank goodness I've found you nice people. I'm currently attempting to knit a cardigan/jacket which has a shawl collar running right around the edge of the garment. The collar is knitted by picking up stitches from the back of the neck downwards and then joining the collar at the back of the neck. I'm OK with the principle of picking up and knitting but I really don't understand what the pattern is telling me to do.
"Starting at centre back of neck pick up and knit 8 sts from back of neck, 13 stitches from 13 sts cast off at top left of sleeve, 48 sts evenly along shaped edge to marker and 28 sts evenly along straight edge."
I'm OK until I get to the cast off instruction. So I've picked up and knitted 8 + 13 sts and then what? The only way I know to cast off would be to turn the knitting and knit back along casting off as I go. Is this what is meant? Why do I want to cast off stitches that I need to knit into? Please would somebody explain in very simple language what I need to be doing.
Thank you in advance,