Row 3: p7, p2tog [1 st from each side created during the last turn], turn
Row 4: k7, k2tog, turn.
It says "1 stitch from each side..." so that must be where you close the gap. Row 4 you must be closing the gap w here it says k2tog although it doesn't say that. You're right though that it does look a little odd. :??:
Generally I go ahead and try whatever the pattern says and if it's not quite right then I do what "I" know needs to be done.