You're doing the decs for shaping the neck, so the incs and decs are not supposed to be equal and the stitch number will change. There are 6 incs and 9 decs. What's the name of the pattern or a link to it? Check that 44 is what you start with at this point (rather than 42) and that your size is supposed to end up with 37 sts instead of 39.
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