After 9 inches of the front it said to knit 22 stiches then bind off 8. Then it says knit 22 (new ball of by yarn) and work each side of the neck separately. Since this is a round needle do I just let the first side hang there and what happens to the last stich of the bind off? After the second 22 it says only working the bind off on the neck ede, bind off 4 stiches one time, 3 stitches one time and two stitches one time. Continue until piece measure the same as the back and bind off.
I would knit the 22 and then begin the bind off. So after you knit the 22, knit 2 more and lift the next to last one over the last one for the bind off. K1, lift one, etc. until you have bound off 8. Then I would just keep knitting till I got to the end of the row. Count to make sure you have 22 on each side. Then I would go ahead and finish the side with the yarn attached (see below) and then go back and join a new yarn to the other side and finish it.
The last stitch of the bind off in the middle ends up as the first stitch on the left of the gap. It is not a problem at all.
To continue after you come to left edge of the row where you did the 8 st BO, turn and purl back to the gap. Turn and bind off 4 at the beginning of that next row, knit acoss, turn and purl back. Turn and bind off 3, knit across. Turn and purl back. Turn and bind off 2, knit across. Turn to purl. Now just keep working back and forth until that side is just as long as the back is from the cast on to the top of the shoulder. BO
Now go back to the other side of the gap, right at the neck edge. Beginning with the purl side facing you, start using a new yarn, bind off 4 stitches purlwise, purl across. Turn, knit back. Turn, bind off 3, purl across. Turn, knit back. Turn, bind off 2 purl across. Turn ready to knit and work until that side is the same length as the other side of the gap. BO
You can leave the side you are not working on on the circular needle if you want, but I like to put them on a holder so they are out of my way.