Full disclosure: I finished this weeks ago, but this is the first photo of the cowl being worn.
It's Favorite Cowl, a free pattern from Urban Gypsy. My only complaint is that mine rolls at the ends, which her's does not. Anybody have a theory here? What can I do t stop the rolling? (And, yes, I blocked it!)
The yarn is Amazing by Lion Brand. It is actually pretty soft after a soaking in Eucalan.
Urban Gypsy designed this as a stash buster, so you might want to use it that way. Whether you chose stash or new yarn, it is a great last-minute gift.