Very poorly written instructions. :ick:
You dec on the 1st row of the 25 rows as the instructions state ( so you dec on the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th, 13th, 17th, 21st and 25th rows).
Well, my response is that the instructions didn't state that, but okay, that is what you meant to say.
The pattern said,
Work 25 [25:29:29:29:29] rows dec 1 st at each end of next and every foll 4th row. 81 [93:103:115:125:137] sts.
I'd interpret that the way salmonmac and Suzeeq did. I guess what they mean is that this section of work involves the next 25 rows and you are to begin right now to dec 1 st at the end of the next and every foll 4th row. But the way the pattern gives it is not the way this would normally be written. Better would have been:
Dec 1 st at the beg and end of the next and every foll 4th row X number of times, 81 (93:103, etc) sts remain.