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Instruction help

i've this set of instructions but not sure exactly what it means, can anyone help?

To make front head and body:
Cast on 24 sts
Knit 56 rows garter st (1st row is RS), placing markers at each end of 50th row to indicate arm placement.
Shape head- 1st row- Cast on 10 sts, knit to end = 34 sts.
2nd row- Knit to last st, inc in last st= 35 sts.
3rd row- Inc in first st, knit to end = 36 sts.

Does this mean after casting on, i go on to continue knitting for 56 rows?
What happens after? Does the shaping head part continue after the 56th row? How should i move on after the 56th?

Cast on 24 stitches. After you cast-on 24 stitches, you will knit 56 rows. That first row you knit will be designated as the "right side" of your work so you may want to mark it with a safety pin or a bit of contrasting yarn. With a stitch pattern like garter stitch which is reversible, it is easy to forget which side is designated the "right side." Here's a hint for counting garter stitch rows -- don't count rows but purl ridges. Every purl ridge represents 2 rows. When you have 25 purl ridges on both sides, you've worked 50 rows.

When you have worked 50 rows, you will want to put a marker on both ends of this row because this will be where you would place the arm of your animal. I would get some smooth, light-colored waste yarn about the same weight or finer than my working yarn and draw them through the loops on both sides. I would tie them off into a loop, so they won't be accidentally pulled out.

After marking the arm placements, work another 6 rows in knit.

Now your instructions say you will begin the head shaping. After you finish the 56th row, cast on 10 stitches. You would want to do a cast-on such as a cable or knit cast-on, or even the loop cast-on. You can find demonstrations of these cast-ons at www.knittinghelp.com

When you begin row 57, you will start with the 10 newly added stitches, knit to the end of the row and your instructions say increase 1 stitch. What I would do is work until there are 2 stitches left. In the next stitch, I would do a bar increase -- this is the increase where you knit into the front and back of the stitch. (You can find a demo of this at www.knittinghelp.com), then knit the last stitch. The bar increase is my default increase. Other knitters prefer the M1, which consists of using the running stitch inbetween the loops on your needle to do an increase. You could also do a loop cast-on. If you decide to do the M1 or loop increase, work until you have just 1 stitch left on the row, then do your M1, or a loop cast-on, then knit the last stitch.

When you are new to knitting, reading an entire pattern at one go can seem intimidating and confusing. Just follow the instructions one step at a time with needle and yarn in hand. It can be difficult to try and simply visualize what the pattern is saying and working with needle and yarn in hand can make the process easier to understand.