hi! ive only been knitting for about a month and usually need time to understand patterns but this one pattern for baby booties has completely stumped me. im sure its probably just because i havent encountered anything like it in a pattern before, but if anyone could help with an explanation it would be greatly appreciated!
ill paste the pattern here (omitted what i have already completed before this section)
(25 stitches on needle) Beg with a P row, work in rev st st as follows: Work 4 rows, ending with a ws row.
next row (rs) P17 and turn.
next row K9 and turn.
Work 10 rows more on these 9 sts only for instep.
With rs facing, rejoin yarn at base of instep and pick up and knit 8 sts up first side of instep, K across 9 instep sts, pick up and knit 8 sts down other side of instep and turn.
next row (ws) P25 and turn.
i have included the part after break yarn for context, but im really stuck on it going from 25 stitches -> 17 stitches -> 9 stitches with no apparent decreases? can anybody help me out with an explanation?
thank you everybody in advance!