That's correct. The 16 slipped sts are 16sts out of the k45 (45+29=74). That way you'll have 29sts for each shoulder and 16sts on a holder for the center front neck opening. This opening may look too large when you get it put together but don't worry, the collar will pull it in to a smaller size.
"Next row (RS): K45, slip last 16 sts worked onto stitch holder for centre neck, k29"
So knit 45 and then slip 16 of these knit sts from the right needle to a holder.
Thanks again for the help. I think I need further clarification on this part because it's making me a little nervous. So I did as you said. I now have 2 different needles on here, but I have a feeling I shouldn't have knit those stitches that I put on the stitch holder. I think I'll take those off and slip them back on to the stitch holder as when I finished my purl stitches (if that makes sense - please clarify if this is wrong).
Furthermore, I'm confused as to which shoulder I'll be working on. Should I be doing the actions described below on both?
R1 (WS): Purl to last 3 sts before neck opening (what I put on the stitch holder) and then last 3 - p2 together and p 1 so that in total I'll ave 28 stitches remaining on this needle. Then I repeat this but in a backwards fashion for the next needle? Such that the side closest to the neck is p1 and then p2 together and then the remainder just purled?
You should knit those stitches. The reason is that it brings the working yarn to the tip of the right needle (or now, the end of the stitch holder) so that you're ready to knit the right shoulder sts, the k29 in the instructions below..
"Next row (RS): K45, slip last 16 sts worked onto stitch holder for centre neck, k29
Work right shoulder (as worn) sts only"
Once you've completed this knit row, turn and purl back to the last 3sts, p2tog, p1. The instructions want you to finish this shoulder first. Of course, you can do both shoulders at the same time but the simplest thing may be to follow the directions at least this first time through. It's a very explicit pattern, even giving you the directions for shaping the left shoulder instead of just instructing you to "reverse the shaping". I'd put a sticky note on these rows and move it row by row. You've got the idea and you'll be fine.
I've connected my shoulders using grafting and hope to move on to the sleeves. I'm not really sure how I'm picking up stitches or what that even entails. Could someone recommend a video of what creating these sleeves entails?
My main confusion is 'picking up 80 stitches between front and back armhole markers'. I've marked where they told me to previously. It's 'picking up' that's a little huh for me. But from there it simply seems to be a pattern of what I've been doing.
Here's a good video for picking up stitches. Mark off the area for the sleeve sts into smaller sections, maybe quarters. That way you can keep on track to pick up the 80sts (20 in each quarter).
Wow, you are really making progress with this sweater.
So I'll be picking up 40 from the front piece and 40 from the back piece? Your advice is to divide these in half and mark where I'll pick up the halves (20 stitches)? I'm using the circular needles for this as well, right?
Also, how will I know if I'm picking up at the right spot? Am I supposed to center what I pick up at the marker or pick up stitches before or after where my marker is? Also, the movie advised that I pick up 3 stitches and skip 1. Would you suggest I do the same?
Sorry if this sounds scattered. Please let me know if you need any clarification with regards to what I'm asking.
"So I'll be picking up 40 from the front piece and 40 from the back piece? Your advice is to divide these in half and mark where I'll pick up the halves (20 stitches)? I'm using the circular needles for this as well, right?"
Yes, pick up 40sts on the front and 40 on the back (20 in each section if you divide the front and back in halves) and the circular needle is fine. You'll be knitting back and forth in rows and not joining in the round.
You don't have to pick up very precisely along the armhole. For the front (or the back) you have 10 inches in which to pick up sts. That's about 60rows (you can count how many rows you actually have). If you pick up 40sts in 60rows, that 2sts/3rows. A stitch or two, more or less isn't going to make a big difference. You can always add or subtract a few sts on the next row. The markers are just to make sure you don't get to the end of the armhole having picked up 70sts or 90sts.
Give it a try. Try to pick up along the same column of sts and it'll look beautiful.
Thanks for the quick reply. Everytime you reply with answers I come up with new questions. I'm just trying to picture how I'm going to do this.
I think I get most of it now. I'm going to use the mattress stitch to put the seams together at the end. So I should pick up at the markers and go to the top then move on to the back and continue down to the marker? I think the last of my questions for the sleeve.