hey my pattern is telling me to skip the first st on left hand needle, knit the second , leave the st on the needle. and then tells me to knit the first stitch and drop both sts from the needle. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN. this is my first pattern ever. i’m so confused.

It’s a twist stitch, a mini cable. Knit into the 2nd stitch first, leave it there, then knit into the first st and there’s 2 sts on the R needle. Then you can let both ‘old’ sts slip off the L needle like you do when you normally knit a stitch.