So here goes.
You will need a multiple of 9 sts plus 4. Depending on the yarn and needles you are using, cast on a number of stitches for the required height. I did not use circular needles so you have to cast on the number you need for the height of the scarf and knit as many rows as you need to get the width (circumference) you would like.
I found that if you used larger needles than the yarn requires you will get a softer cowl. Dont use very think yarn, I would not go much thicker than double knitting
I used USA number 10 needles and using double knitting, I cast on 58 sts. (6 x 9 =54 + 4 =58) That made the cowl about 12" high. (its squashy so it will gather down)You will have to figure out how many stitches you need according to yarn and needles used, but basically it is a multiple of 9 plus 4.
Start with a false cast on, that means 1st row in spare yarn which will be removed later so you can graft the two sides together. (if you dont want to do this, and cast on and off neatly then so so and sew the ends together)
You can also knit this in the round but there you are on your own as I hate knitting on circular needles. You would need to cast on enough stitches for the circumference (always a multiple of 9 +4) and then knit the height instead. Also, the odd rows (1 & 3) will be K not P
But I digress...
Lets Try again:
Row 1 and 3 Purl.
Row 2: K3 * yo, K2, skp,(slip stitch, k next stitch and pass slipped stitch over) k2tog, k2, yo, k1. repeat from * and end K1
Row 4: K2 *yo, k2, skp, K2tog, K2, yo, K1 Repeat from * and end K2
(apologies, i am not very good at writing patterns so i knitted this again and fixed the errors.)
That is all the pattern!
Knit it as wide as you want it to be, it can be an infinity style, where you can wrap it twice round your neck, or a neck warmer. It's up to you! I believe mine was about 25-30"
When you have reached the required size, bind off using a 3 needle method (picking up the stitches on the other side after you have removed the scrap cast on yarn and casting them off together so you join the two ends)
If you have used a regular cast on, thgen cast off and neatly join the two sides.
If you want, you can work it in another pattern using just rows 1 and 2. Its fun experimenting!
The cowl is also available for purchase or you can order on in your choice of color here:
Happy knitting - and remember I welcome all comments - Hopefully this is not too confusing!