I am following a pattern for a satchel that I found online ( www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTsatchel.html ). So far things have been great, but now I'm confused. Here is what the pattern says: "Using CC, k38 sts with CC, BO remaining sts using I-Cord BO. At end of round, place I-Cord sts on sts holder".
If the stitches have been bound off, why is it necessary to put them on a stitch holder? Is this just because I will be joining them to the flap later on? Also, how would you put them on a stitch holder? The only way I've ever used a stitch holder is to put it through open stitches.
After that I work a simple stripe pattern for the flap of the bag, then it gets confusing again. It says: "Break yarn at end of last row. Place all sts on hold on double-pointed needles. With WS facing, using CC and circular needle, beg at corner where flap attaches to bag (lower right corning when WS facing), pick up and p 30 sts along edge of flap (pick up 3 sts for every 4 rows), p held sts from double-pointed needles, pick up and p 30 sts down rem edge of flap, ending next to held sts from I-Cord BO. 98 sts on needle. With RS facing, rejoin CC to held I-Cord sts and BO all sts around flap using I-Cord Bo."
When it says "break yarn" does that mean that I should actually cut the yarn, or just put it down until I am prepared to start purling sts from the dpns? Also, how do I "rejoin CC to held I-Cord sts"?
Thank you to everyone who can help!!