Thank you! I started with 88 stitches then in row 3 there is a decrease at either end so I now have 86 stitches so shall I disregard the first stitch and the last stitch in rows 1-3 (although row 3 starts with P2tog???). I'm guessing it will become clear as I start to knit and make sure I follow the rib.
The pattern is from a Sirdar book, Little stars in stripes. 355, code C if that helps. I could scan and email the pattern if you would like?