Please help! Totally stumped on a decrease!

I am knitting this super cute baby sailor dress from Rico baby and the decrease reads like this “1 st at each end of 4 foll 4th rows, then 18 times 1 each end foll 2nd in turn 4th row”

I am totally lost please help…

If I just decrease very four rows the pattern will only decrease on one side…

It says decrease at [I]each[/I] end of the row, which is the beg and end. You’re not the first one to overlook this word, along with ‘every’ or ‘both’ when they appear.

So you dec 2 sts every 4th row 4 times, which decs 8 sts, then dec every other and every 4th rows for 18 rows total. That would be dec on every other, the 4th, every other, the 4th, and so on alternating the 2nd and 4th rows.

I’m going to delete the other thread so there’s not answers in both.

“1 st at each end of 4 foll 4th rows, then 18 times 1 each end foll 2nd in turn 4th row”

Have never read directions written this way. Seems confusing. But, I think it means this.

Decrease 1 st at each end of following 4th row 4 times. (rows 4, 8, 12, 16)
Then decrease 1st each end following 2nd row 18 times. (rows 18, 20, 22, 24…)

I can’t believe I missed the “each”. Shouldn’t be reading patterns at ten at night after a long day child rearing… No brain zone!

Thanks a bunch!