Dropping stitches

My DM’s is making the ‘Blondie’ skirt on the diynetwork.com site, and it says to drop the 12th stitch. does that mean literally pushing the stitch off the right needle and making a run?

Here’s the pattern : http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_5188866,00.html

That’s how I would read it, and that’s what the picture looks like.

Yes, you just let the stitch called for drop off the needle and you want it to run down. Dropping the stitches also creates the shaping so that it gets narrower as you go up to the waist. The first time it tells you to drop one there is a little typo that makes it a little hard to read. It should say to drop the 12th st, not 12th sts. The (36) is just telling you how many stitches you will have left after you drop that first one.

I have never seen that in a pattern before. It seems so wrong to drop a stitch on purpose! That is what it looks like though

You haven’t seen the Clapotis yet, have you…? You drop a lot more than on that skirt pattern.