I am working on a poncho, knit from the bottom of the front, up to the neck, where stitches are bound off for the neck hole, then new stitches are made and the poncho is knit on down the back.
For the neck stitches, I put the stitches on a scrap of yarn (since they will be picked up later to knit a turtleneck) and TRIED to do the cable cast on correctly on the next row. I am attaching a picture to show my problems. First, my working yarn has to span the gap in the middle where the stitches were removed on the previous row. That looks wrong. Then I did the cable cast on on the left needle, but now my working yarn is on the left needle, not the right, and the pattern says to “join these newly cast on sts to the row, being careful not to twist the sts, purl to end.” If the working yarn is on the wrong needle, how do I purl to the end? What did I do wrong and how do I do this correctly?