I'm making a "Hobo Bag" using one of LionBrand's free patterns and I'm a bit confused.
Top of Second Strap: Work same as Top of First Strap. Place sts on a holder.
Join Straps and Body: Next Row (RS): Using circular needles, k 66 sts of First Strap, cast on 18 sts for body, k 66 sts of Second Strap, cast on 18 sts -- 168 sts. Mark beg of rnd. Join and work around in garter st (k 1 rnd, p 1 rnd) for 10" more. Dec Rnd: (K 19, k2tog) 8 times -- 160 sts. P 1 rnd. Dec Rnd: (K 18, k2tog) 8 times -- 152 sts. P 1 rnd. Cont in this manner dec 8 sts every other rnd, having 1 st less between decs on each dec rnd, until 8 sts rem; changing to dpns when necessary. Cut yarn, leaving a long strand to draw through rem 8 sts and secure to WS.
I've made the top of the first strap, except I don't have a holder and I'm not sure what it even does.
Also, I don't quite understand how to join the straps and the body. I understand the abbreviations, I just don't understand how to combine them.
I'm a beginner knitter, so any help would be appreciated.