I did this as part of a small knitalong on Fringe Association and am so happy I did — I LOVE this cowl! And it was a super fun knit. My sister has already asked for one (in green) and I can’t wait to cast on again.
I knit it precisely according to the pattern, for a change, and even used the prescribed yarn, which is lovely to work with. Only mod, such as it is, is that I made it bigger, knitting one extra repeat of the chart in both directions. (So 6 repeats instead of 5 horizontally; 5 repeats instead of 4 vertically.) Which used all of 3 skeins of yarn.