Hi, I definetly get what you mean. It's not the greatest pattern in terms of understanding, as I have another question...another part of the pattern (this is for the ears)...for this I will just write out the whole thing:
Cast on 13 sts. K4 rows
Dec 1 st at each end of next row and 3 foll alt rows. (5sts). K 1 row.
Inc 1 st at each end of next row and 3 foll alt rows. (13 sts). K 4 rows.
I understand the knits, decreases, increases etc...but I don't understand what 3 foll alt rows mean. Does that mean increase 3 on every other row? To me that doesn't seem right. Especially based on my previous question about re: 6 foll 6th rows.
I hope this is making sense too