Ravelry: Damask Cowl pattern by Nancy Marchant
Free Knitting Pattern for Reversibly Cabled Dish Cloth - Sara H. Baldwin’s reversible pattern features cables of 1 by 1 rib and seed stitch. Other knitters have used it for scarves and cowls.
Embroidery pattern repeat is only 8 rows, and is super easy to memorize. You can make it bigger (or smaller) by adding stitches in any multiple of 8.