I finished this cowl last November, and it has been a permanent fixture around my neck and shoulders since. The pattern, "Keep it Casual Cowl," comes from the book Creative Knitting Presents, Fall 2014: Wraps Capelets & Cowls. My sweet man brought the book home to me when I was grieving the passing of a dear friend in California. The simplicity of the pattern was just what I needed, and knitting it soothed my spirit and gently coaxed my mind from grief and sorrow.
I used some yarn I had on hand, Cascade Yarns Rustic, a singles blend of wool and linen, which is very similar to what the pattern calls for. The lower edge is cast on, and then the cowl grows upward from there. I found the cast on too tight, making it difficult to pull down over my shoulders. After wearing it for a few weeks, I performed a tedious surgery to fix this problem. I snipped a single stitch a few rows above the cast on edge, unraveled an entire row, re-knit the bottom edge, and then finished with a very loose bind off. The result is perfect. If I make this again (likely), I will do a provisional cast on, then come back at the end and do a loose bind off.