thank you ingrid, that makes perfect sense!
I do have a couple more questions ...
1) When it comes to shaping the neck, do i wait until I have both the front and the back finished? I ask because my instructions go through the details for the back and front first before talking about the neck? (But that could simply be their way of organizing the pattern)
2) My instructions say:
Work 1½ ins [4 cm] of (K1. P1) ribbing as given for Back. Cast off
loosely. Sew left shoulder and neckband seam.
I'm a little confused on how much to shorten the sweater, taking into consideration that the neckband will add 1.5 inches to the length of the sweater. (does this sound right?) I want the finished product to be 24 inches long. So I guess my question is, should I shorten the sweater taking into consideration the 1.5 inches on the neckband, or will the neckband measurement be negligible when it comes to the length of the sweater?[/i]