I am making a basic "drop shoulder" sweater. The instructions say to bind off the shoulders and then sew front and back together. I'd rather do a 3 needle bind off.
Here are the applicable instructions for the sweater:
Back: ... work until total length is 17 1/2 inches, ending with a wrong side row. Bind off 23 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. [leaves 23 st in middle]
Front: ... work until 15 inches, ending with WS row. Work across 27 st. Turn, work back. Dec 1 st at neck edge of next 4 RS rows: 23 st. Continue until total length is same as back, ending with a WS row. Bind off. Return to neck edge, place next 15 st on st holder. Reattach yarn to remaining 27 sts and work to end of row. Work one row even. Dec 1 st at beck edge on next 4 RS rows: 23 sts. Work even until same length as back; bind off.
If I wanted to do the 3 needle bind off... should I skip the 23 bind-offs at the beginning of the 2 rows past the 17 1/2 inches, and simply work 2 more rows, and just bind those stitches off when I attach the front to the back? Or would I want to slip those onto a stitch holder or something and just work two more rows in the middle/neck part. Also, does "ending with a wrong side row" mean stop AFTER working a wrong side row, or stop BEFORE the next wrong side row? (I assume it means AFTER but wanted to clarify)
Then for the front could I just work both sides of the neck at the same time and end with it the same length as the back, having just worked the WS...
I guess my biggest issue is to bind off or not to bind off the back. Do I want the neck part a little higher than the shoulder part back there, or is it OK if it is just even across?
Then when I do the 3 needle bind off do I want right sides or wrong sides together?
I apologize for what feels like an idiotic question here but I'd rather ask now then when I am in the thick of screwing up again.
Feel free to dumb down your response as much as possible.