On your first highlighted part, you'll work 5 rows, decreasing at the armhole edge every row and as you do that, you'll decrease at the neck edge on the third of those 5 rows.--16 stitches remaining.
Over the next 14 rows, you'll decrease at the neck edge on the 2nd, 6th, 10th and 14th rows--12 stitches remaining (you don't decrease on the armhole on these rows)
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