I've only recently joined the cowl bandwagon. Previously I had tried knitting the moebius cowl, the infinity cowl and even a cowl that was more like a neck warmer and it never really looked quite right...at least on me. After developing this hat pattern a few weeks ago I realized that I needed a cowl that was malleable and soft, something a little taller and closer to my neck with enough pliability to fold in on itself creating those soft curves. Again, most chunky yarn doesn't need stuffy stitches. In this case a 2x2 rib was fancy enough to give it some textural interest but humble enough to really show off the variation in the yarn. Plus it is quick. I whipped up two in one evening. Try it for yourself with the pattern below.
Yarn: Chunky 200gms
Needles: size 17 Circulars or 15 Circulars knit very loosely
WPI: 5.5 stitches=4" in 2x2 Rib
~29" around x 11" tall
This is a quick knit. The trick is to keep your tension fairly loose. If you have problems maintaining a loose tension on your own then I suggest sizing up. This cowl was knit on loose tension on a size 15 circular needle.
Cast on 40 stitches loosely. Join in the round.
Knit in 2x2 rib until desired length is reached or yarn runs out.
Cast off loosely. A 3 needle bind off may be used if you have problems maintaing tension.
Break yarn and weave in ends.