The idea behind the "drop and cast-off" is that when you are sewing the ends together, if you use mattress stitch (as I do) it is exceedingly helpful if you have the same number of stitches on both sides. When you are doing all of this stitch dropping, you are losing stitches to sew to the cast on edge of your cowl - ugh. If we drop the stitch and then pick a bit of it up and cast that off, there ends up being a stitch that you can use when you are sewing.
My hope was to make the sewing more straightforward and I ended up making the last row a pain in the butt. At least, it seems like a big confusing pain in the butt until you see photo-proof of how not painful it is.
So let's start when you need to do your first "drop and cast off" You should have one stitch on your right hand needle (from the casting off you have done previously) and you'll have many stitches on your left hand needle.
Now you're going to push that first stitch on your left hand needle off of the needle and unless your yarn is super slippery it's just going to sit there and wait for you to do something:
Now, you'll have two stitches on your right hand needle - pull the farthest over the closest and you'll have completed one "drop and cast off".
Keep going, repeating these steps each time the pattern tells you to "drop and cast off" a stitch and that's it!
So, have you found a great yarn in your stash to use for the KAL? This is such a simple and fast little cowl and looks great in almost any yarn -- they would make great holiday gifts!
Just a few more days until we cast on!