I apparently cannot read a pattern properly. But in the end I was completely okay with it. Instead of a pattern that was supposed to be diagonal, I had rows that formed chevrons and I liked it a LOT better!
I don't think the recipient was too critical. She seems pretty happy with it.
US 10, 16 stitches
Row 1: *P2,K2*
Row 2: *P1, K2*, P1
Row 3: *K2, P2*
Row 4: *K1, P2*, K1
(this is the pattern for the chevron design--for the correct diagonal pattern, go here)
And Christa was happy with the cowl, which in turn made me very happy too!
US 13 circular needles, 80 stitches
Row 1: K1, P1
Row 2: P1, K1
And now back to quilting. Have a lovely weekend.