Aaaarrrrggghhh

I am so confused. I have decided to finish a project that I started years ago and have been moving right along. However, I am now confused with the decreases on the top of the sleeves. The instructions say the following:

[B]Shape Top[/B]
Cast off 6 sts at beg of next 2 rows (I understand that and have done that)

[B]Next row[/B] (RS): P1, K2, P1, P2tog, rib to last 6 sts, P2tog tbl, P1, K2, P1

[B]Next row[/B]: K1, P2, K1, K2tog tbl, rib to last 6 sts, K2tog, K1, P2, K1

(Again, that is clear to me and I have done that.)

This next bit is what confuses me:

Working all decreases as set by last 2 rows, dec 1 st at each end of next and foll 2 alt rows, then on every 4th row until 44 sts rem.

What are [B]foll 2 alt rows[/B]? Does that mean that I work the decreases that are described for the RS and then every other row or every second row? Does this ultimately mean that all of the decreases are on the RS rows? Please help!

Thank you so much!

Welcome to KnitingHelp!
Yes, that’s it exactly. All the dec are on the RS and work them every other row, then every 4th row until 44sts are left. So if you call the first two decrease-at-each-end rows that are written out for you rows 1 and 2, you’ll dec on rows 3, 5 and 7 and then 11, 15, 19 etc.
Good for you for finishing up this sweater and enjoy knitting it.

Thank you so much! I truly appreciate it and appreciate your speedy reply!