-- Size 8 needles for a more dense knit that you can block and adjust more.
-- Two yarns, Noro Kureyon and contrasting color. You will need about twice as many yards of Kureyon as you will of your contrasting color, totaling 150-275 yards, depending on whether you expect to make the back the same way. I used Elsebeth Lavold Silky Cashmere, which runs 44 yards/skein.
The Kureyon stitches are represented by white squares; the contrasting color is represented by black squares.
Longtail cast on 46 stitches.
In stockinette, working left to right when purling, and right to left when knitting, follow the color changes chart above, working from the bottom up.
Row 1: Purl the pattern three times, Purl 1 White, turn (Wrong Side)
Row 2: Knit 1 White, Knit pattern three times, turn (Right Side)
Always change colors on the wrong side of the fabric (where the purl bumps are).
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until piece measures 11" or to desired length. Cast off.
You can create a matching back, or do what I'm doing: knit up a back in plain stockinette until it's about the right size, block the two pieces to match, and crochet the seams together. I love crocheting seams together. It's pretty, easy, secure, and it doesn't matter how you do it so long as you do it consistently.