I'm using dpn. The last rnd was 21 sts. I have 21 sts on the first needle. 21 on the second needle, and 22 on the third needle. Total 64 sts before I begin making the heel.
Maybe the 34 sts you're refering to are the sts remaining after I slip 16 and knit 16. I MADE A TYPO IN QUOTING THE DIRECTIONS; The last sentence should read: "Divide rem [b]32 sts[b] onto 2 needles for INSTEP.
It probably makes much more sense then dividing two sts, lol.