I am almost finished with the first sleeve of the sweater I am knitting. Now I am shaping the sleeve cap. The pattern calls for me to bind off 5 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. When I get to the second row bind off, I have a piece of yarn stretching over the spot where I bound off the first 5 stitches. Is it normal for a piece of yarn to be stretched across this space, or am I doing something wrong? I hope I am explaining this so you can understand it.
The second row will be your purl row. Are you binding off the other 5 stitches there? After that b/o 1 stitch each end of k row or every row (k and p rows) according to your pattern instructions.
I'll bet you are reaching across the first K row. After binding off finish that row in k and then turn, b/o on purl side, finish that row etc. Hope this helps.
Sorry, I forgot to mention this in being worked on dpn's.
You're going to have to work flat for the cap. BO at the begining of round, work all the way around, then turn and BO on the WS row and finish it. Then turn and work a RS row, turn for a WS row and so on.