Memorizing patterns is an impressive skill. There are knitters at CEY that commit intricate cable charts to memory after a repeat or two. And, although I aspire to that seemingly photographic level of memory, I'm much happier sticking to simple repeats like the one in today's design.
This cowl from Beth Paustian is knit with a four-stitch, two-row repeat. However, it is even easier than that: it's actually just one pattern row that's offset by a few stitches on the second row. That makes this pattern easy to memorize. The Tri Rib Cowl is a wonderful project if you, like me, find yourself knitting a few rows throughout the day and don't want to carry around a pattern.