No nstitch in unoriginal hat

:?? :?? hi all
anyone able to explain to me what row 17 - 20 means by no stitch?? the chart says placeholder, no stitch made, I’m confused!!!
thank you wise ones!

It’s because you are decreasing on that row. It’s just a way to show on the chart that there was a stitch there at one point but you’ve k2tog so there isn’t one anymore. Does that make sense?

Yes, it’s just a way to keep the chart lined up. Skip the gray boxes and work the next stitch.

ah, i get it now, thanks so much, I’ll get it started now!!