Sorry! I should have said that I am shaping the neck on a childs sweater. This is a recent book of patterns and the instructions are:
cast/bind off 2 sts at beg of neck edge and foll alt row, then dec 1 st at beg of next 3 alt rows.
I am not sure if they mean to bind off, skip a row, then bind off and the second part woudl be dec, skip a row, dec, skip a row and then dec?????