Seems cowls are the new scarf of the knitting world. They're appealing for numerous reasons. Often only taking one skein of yarn, quick, no flapping loose ends and oh so stylish.
The "Manos Cowl", no Manos here, I'm using Noro Taiyo a yummy cotton mix, again very soft and squishy. Lovely pattern.
And this one's my own quick pattern. It's crochet since this seems to be my fiber craft of choice at the moment. Next time I'd make it wider and possibly longer so that I could pin it and play a little. The details:
EDIT 13/6 - Pattern follows or download the pdf.
Crochet using a 4.5mm hook and Zara by Filatura di Crosa, but really guage is no issue as long as you can get it around your neck!
I chained 108 sts (any number of stitches less one for foundation chain). Join in the round with a slip stitch in the first chain and don't twist the chain.
Round 1: chain 3 (stands as first treble), then 1 treble into first chain made and then continue to 1 treble in each chain in the round, then skip the slip stitch join and 1 slip stitch in third chain of 3 chain at the beginning of the round.
Round 2: 3 chain, 1 treble in first treble of previous round and continue....1 treble in each treble to end, skip slip stitch and then 1 slip stitch in third chain of 3 chain at the beginning of this round...continue round 2 until you've reached the desired length.
Reference: "The Crochet Stitch Bible", Betty Barnden.
For those Ravelry users that want more detail, ravel it.