I’ve been working on making the perfect cowl pattern for the past few months. According to my acupuncturist friend, keeping one’s neck warm in the winter is the key to happiness and fulfillment (or something like that), and so I started wearing cowls in the winter a few years ago and got in the habit. Also I cut off all of my hair (like *all* of my hair), so my neck is cold without a scarf or cowl.
But, so far my cowl attempts have been not quite right. The first crochet version wasn’t substantial enough - pretty, but not so functional. The enormous knit one was cool but kind of weird - the different stitches I chose (fluffy brioche, rib and giant cable) weren’t the same length so it kind of pulled - but it has promise and I’m going to revisit it. The plain fluffy brioche knit in the round was kind of floppy and curled. But like Goldilocks I kept on trying, and I’ve now I’ve got the one I was looking for all along.