Question on these directions

I am knitting this cardigan

I am to the collar and the directions are:
Using smaller circular needle, pick up stitches as follows: Using a 20" tail and the wrong side facing, pick up the 34 stitches of the right front (as worn), starting at the front right arm seam. Slide these stitches to the other end of the needle, turn your work and now with the right side facing, pick up 14 stitches for the right sleeve, 37 stitches across the back, 14 stitches from the left sleeve…etc etc…
My question is, what is the 20" tail for, and I have never done a collar where you pick up and slide the stitches to the other end of the needle??? I am confused…

thanks,
Ginny

It looks like you’re using that 20" tail to pick up the stitches after you slide them to that point of the needle.

This is a situation where I just follow the directions and see where it leads.

Ingrid, I think you are right. I don’t think a 20" tail would be enough to pick up all those stitches! I am just going to have to sit down and try it and see what happens. Thank you
Why does there always seem to be one thing in every pattern that I just don’t “GET”? LOL

Soooo, use a 24 or 30" tail.