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EDIT 7/28/16 - clarifying instructions and adding a photo that actually works.
I love the Gulls and Garter stitch pattern. It's lovely and interesting, it looks good in both variegated and solid yarn, and it's fun to knit without being too difficult.
Cast on 45 stitches (or a multiple of 8 stitches plus five).
Rows 1-4: work in garter stitch (knit every row).
Rows 5 (wrong side): k4 *p5, k3* to last 4 stitches, k4
Row 6 (right side): k4 *With yarn in front, slip 5 stitches purlwise, k3* to last 9 stitches, with yarn in front, slip 5 stitches purlwise, k4.
Row 7: repeat row 5.
Row 8: K4, *k2, insert RH needle under strand 2 rows below, k next st on LH needle, catching the yarn float behind your stitch, k7; rep from * (end last rep k2) k4
Continue until cloth is desired length. Work rows 1-4 again. Bind off, weave in ends, enjoy!
Below is a chart of the Gulls and Garter stitch. Red lines indicate the repeats marked by asterisks above.