When I set out designing this pattern it looked quite a bit more Christmas-ey in my head than in execution. Luckily the end result is a much more universal pattern that can be worn any time of year.
The Ribbon Candy Cowl is made using 3 yarns. Two colors are used for the colorwork body of the cowl and the third is used to make the bands. The example I show here used 2 balls, one red and one white of a 420 yard sock yarn, for the colorwork body of the cowl and an undyed sock yarn for the bands. The colorwork portion of the pattern uses equal parts of each color and is meant to be repeated until the yarn runs out. If you have 2 balls of yarn that are roughly 200yds/180m each, the cowl will be roughly 11"/28cm in height. If you have 2 balls of yarn that are roughly 400yds/360m each, the cowl will be roughly 20"/51cm in height. The ribbed bands require 150yds/137m of yarn.
My favorite thing about this pattern is that the jog between rows is completely hidden in the spiral. There is no way of seeing where one row ends and another begins.