Sue is right.
In order to cast off you need to work 2 sts. So if you k2, then you need to knit another 2 for the first cast off stitch. Then k1, pass a stitch over, k1, pass a stitch over. That’s 3 cast off and one st remains on the R needle.
If you do what Sue says here you will not have 1 on the needle but 3. That is what confused me. Since you are so close to the beginning I thought maybe when they said you would have 3 they meant it literally, but I think they mean you will have the 2, the cast off 3 space, and [U]1 at the tip of the needle[/U], so 3 really, but 1 that they are talking about. :lol:
And if you do it the way Sue says you do end up with 2 at the beginning, 3 cast off and then 3 stitches-- the 3 off, 3 on all across. To check that this is the final solution I cast on 97 sts and worked it as Sue says and it is perfect. You end up with 5 and I’ll bet they then say,“CO 3, k1”. That will make it end up with 2 at the end just like the beginning.
Sue knew all this without casting on 97. :lol: I knew this [I]should[/I] be the way it worked but since you were having trouble I thought maybe something else was going on. And these “simple” little problems are so hard for me to visualize and understand exactly how many stitches are being affected by the different steps that the only way to be sure on this one was to cast on and knit it. One more mystery solved.