Eyelet Knit Top - problem understanding instruction

On 1st row instructions, it has P2(1-6-5-1-5) is this the number of pearl stiches for the different sizes or how my sets of P2 to do? Also why is the number larger for second size and then goes down for larger sizes if I am reading this correctly. I’m confused LOL
-------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks, maravill

Change to larger needles.
1st row: (RS). P2 (1-6-5-1-5). *K3. P3. Rep from *, ending last rep with P2 (1-6-5-1-5).
2nd and alt rows: K2 (1-6-5-1-5). *P3. K3. Rep from *, ending last rep with K2 (1-6-5-1-5).
3rd row: P2 (1-6-5-1-5). *yrn. Sl1. K2tog. psso. yrn. P3. Rep from *, ending last rep with P2 (1-6-5-1-5).
5th row: P2 (1-6-5-1-5). *K1. yfwd. Sl1. K1. psso. P3. Rep from *, ending last rep with P2 (1-6-5-1-5).
6th row: As 2nd row.
Rep last 6 rows for pat until work from beg measures approx 18 (18 1/2- 19-19-20-21)" [45.5 (47-48-48- 51-53.5) cm], ending with 6th row of

These are the numbers for the different sizes (6 in total).

The numbers usually vary like that when things are being set up for pattern multiples or to accomodate shaping.

I thought that was it but was confused with the up and down quantity of stitches. Ok now I can begin as soon as I get my yarn delivered. I will be trying to make a top with soysilk llama yarn. I really don’t want to mess this up as the yarn is not cheap LOL.

It’s a good idea to mark the size that you’ll be doing throughout the pattern. I usually circle or undeline the number so it’s immediately apparant as I’m knitting. Yarn sounds yummy. Good luck with the top.