You have been so helpful I really appreciate it! I have knitted both sides now I am on this part.
With RS of lower right front facing and 41⁄2mm circular needle, k4(5:6:7:8) sts
from holder, pick up and k22(24:26:28:30) sts evenly round right front to top of
sts along straight edge, then 16(18:20:22:24) sts to shoulder, 24(26:28:30:32)
sts from back neck, 16(18:20:22:24) sts down left front to beg of neck shaping, 11(11:13:13:15)
sts along straight edge, and k22(24:26:28:30) sts evenly round shaped edge, then k4(5:6:7:8) sts from holder. 130(142:158:170:186) sts. 1st row P2, * k2, p2; rep from * to end. 2nd row K2, *p2,k2;repfrom*toend.Rep the last 2 rows once more and 1st row again. Cast off in rib.
I think I know how to pick up a stitch and knit but I am wondering do I pick up heading towards the armpit or the other way?