Simply enough, the horizontal cable pattern on the cowl reminded me of the morning glories crawling and winding up the fence everywhere in my yard (they’re ladders for faeries, you see). The cowl can be knitted all by itself (there’s even a separate, cheaper pattern for you if that’s all you wanna do), but with the addition of a hood, you can enjoy this as a “hat” of sorts too – one really warm garment for both neck and head that won’t bunch in your coat or give you hat hair!
With the larger needles and some very basic cable and lace knitting skills, this is an easy pattern to knit – stockinette stitch is used for shaping, style and simplicity. However, this pattern also involves a provisional cast-on, picking up stitches and more advanced grafting techniques. If you are not familiar with these techniques, I suggest having a reference guide handy and reading up before you begin (I use The Knitting Answers Book by Michelle Radcliffe religiously).
P.S. Cowl-only version now available (see my other patterns). Super-easy, superchunky versions coming soon!