I'm attempting to knit Christmas decorations as my nanny used to make but I'm new at reading patterns and simply can't quite grasp it. The pattern says:
1st (inc.) row: *Inc. k.wise; repeat from * to end-22 sts. **
Beginning with a p. row, s.s. 15 rows.
Break off r. And join in pk. For head.
*** s.s. 11 rows.
Next (dec.) row: * p.2 tog.; repeat from * to end-11 sts.
I understand most of the abbreviations but the asterixes have me befuddled. Could someone please decipher for me?