Once I got to the part where I'd make the neck lower I went to the center front of the garment and did a bind-off of 10 stitches. Then I continued in the pattern working back and forth and doing a slanted bind-off at the beginning of each row. (Not a "short row" like I had said in the previous post. Once I actually got to this part I realized that all I had to do was K 2 tog or P 2 tog at the beginning of the rows to make the swoop neck.)
At last, it's time to weave in the ends.