I love the way the cowl reduces in circumference toward the chin, making it extra warm and cosy. And the yarn is sooo thick and soft. It does shed like the dickens, though, so thank goodness my winter coat is light gray not black!
My only change to the pattern was to cast off on the purl side rather than the knit side for a nicer top edge.
Such a quick knit (only an hour or so). But the blocking did take a full day, as I blocked it twice to reduce edge curl and keep it standing tall. Because at -2°C, the taller the better!