Divide for Neck?


I am new to sweater making and I am hopelessly confused by the instructions for the division for the neck. I understand that there are two shoulders and the neck (so the division would be in three parts). My confusion comes in where the yarn to be knitted would be for the back. I am able to shape the armholes without a problem. Dividing for the neck is where I am stuck. I knit 12 and turn. Which stitches do I put on a stitch holder? Am I knitting the shoulder piece? Am I looking too much into it???

Thank you in advance for any help…

Welcome to KnittingHelp!
Is this a bottom up sweater knit in the round? If so it sounds like you’ve divided for the front and back and are now working on the front, on one of the shoulders. Knit the 12 sts and put the stitches for the neck (if you haven’t yet bound off the center neck) and the other shoulder on a holder. You’re going to work one shoulder first, then deal with the center sts for the neck and then the other shoulder.
Can you give us a link to the pattern or a pattern name?

Oh my gosh, I am so embarrassed. I was viewing the post on the Easy Weekend Pullover and I clicked on reply to thread, but I think it was closed because the post was older so it sent me here…I am working on the Red Heart Easy Weekend Pullover (http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/easy-weekend-pullover) and I am confused as to do the dividing and knitting for the neck. It just doesn’t make any sense to me…And I thought it would only literally take a weekend and that is just not the case.

Ah, I get it. Thanks for the pattern link.
So for the small size, knit 12 and place the remaining 47sts on a holder. Turn as you would at the end of a row, bind off one stitch on the purl row and purl to the end of the row. Turn and work the knit row, then bind off one stitch at the beginning of the purl row and continue without decreases.
When you finish the shoulder you’ll take 12sts off one end of the holder and work the other shoulder.
My rule of thumb is that anything you plan will take twice as long as you think and if you plan for twice as long it will take double that to finish. Enjoy this very pretty sweater.

Thank you for the information!

I have knitted on a separate set of needles and the same yarn so that I can familiarize myself with the pattern so that I don’t (hopefully!!!) have to frog it on the final go around. I’ve knitted socks that were more difficult in theory, but ended up being easier because the only thing that didn’t make sense to me was the turn heel.

Would you mind if I bothered you further if I have any questions?

It’s no bother at all! We’re all here to help out and share projects. Love to hear from you and I hope we get a chance to see the finished sweater.