Many thanks for the suggestions with the 3 needle cast off for the shoulders. One done, one more to go...and looking pretty good.
I know that this is slightly off topic but, knowing what an all-round crafty and creative bunch you all are, thought I'd see if you had any suggestions.
It's the season of scarf making - and I found this stitch which looks great on a thick, chunky wool. I'm not sure why it's called dot stitch but I liked the look of it.