|Three Two One Cowl|
If I haven't dated my stash yet, then this project is sure to do it; as far as I can tell, this yarn was discontinued before my first child was even born (but here's a list of suitable replacements). So here's hoping you have a few skeins of your own oldie-but-goodie buried deep in a drawer that you can use to make this lovely cowl, which uses three colors and two patterns to create one fantastic look!
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Cotton Rich DK (64% Cotton, 36% Nylon; 135.60 yards [124 meters]/50 grams); #6313 Berry - one skein (color A), #???? unknown color (but it's the middle one in the cowl, and therefore color B), & #6377 Lavender - one skein (color C)
Needles: One 16" circular needle in size US 6
Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker
Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches
So let's get to this! First, then, using your color A yarn, cast on 120 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll get immediately to the pattern, which goes as follows:
Rows 1 & 2: * (k2, p2) 3 times, (k1, p1) 6 times; rep from *
Rows 3 & 4: * (k2, p2) twice, k2, (p1, k1) 6 times, p2 *
Rows 5 & 6: * (k2, p2) twice, (k1, p1) 6 times, k2, p2 *
Rows 7 & 8: * k2, p2, k2, (p1, k1) 6 times, p2, k2, p2 *
Rows 9 & 10: * k2, p2, (k1, p1) 6 times, (k2, p2) twice *
Rows 11 & 12: repeat rows 7 & 8
Rows 13 & 14: repeat rows 5 & 6
Rows 15 & 16: repeat rows 3 & 4
Using color A, knit rows 1 - 16 twice. Clip tail, and, using color B, knit one row around (this will prevent color changes in your purled stitches, and be nearly invisible once it's done). Still using color B, knit rows 1 - 16 twice. Clip tail, and, using color C, knit one row around. Then, knit rows 1 - 16 once, and finally knit rows 1 - 2 once more. Bind off loosely in pattern. If desired, block (I didn't! Don't tell, ok?).