This solves the fierce curling problem of the stockinette version, by using garter stitch in the “field,” but if you hate purling, this is not the pattern for you. Depending on the yarn you use, you may can get away with not blocking the piece at all.
1 skein Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour “Fine 2” 1.75 oz/50 g, 202 yard/185 m, color Moonstone
Size 8/5.0 mm circular needles
Cast on 3 stitches using either long tail cast on or cable cast on.
Row 1. K1, yo, k1, yo, k1. (5)
Row 2. Purl
Row 3. K1, yo, K1, yo, k1, k2tog. (6)
Row 4, Purl
Row 5. K1, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, yo k2tog. (7)
Row 6. Purl.
Row 7. (K1, yo) 3 times, k2tog, yo, k2tog. (9)
Row 8. Purl.
Row 9. (K1, yo) 3 times, K2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog. (11)
Row 10. Purl.
Row 11. (K1, yo) 3 times, k2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog (13)
Row 12. Purl.
Row 13. (K1, yo) 3 times, k2tog, purl until 6 stitches remain, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, K2tog
Row 14. Purl.
Repeat rows 13 and 14 until the piece is large enough to suit. Make sure you end on a row with an even number of stitches. With right side facing:
Row 1: *(K2tog, yo) repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: *(K2tog, yo), repeat from * to end of row.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5. Bind off knitwise.
1 Skein Red Heart Gumdrop color Grape, “Medium 4”, 4 oz/113 g, 240 yds/187 m on a size US 6/4.0 mm