It's the yarn that makes it. A luxurious, brilliantly dyed (yet sadly discontinued) skein of Schaefer Yarn Helene, a super soft and shiny single comprised of merino and silk. Heavenly. Cuddle it close and never let it go.
Originally, this was going to be for a friend "in the know", who would totally notice that I failed to make a gauge swatch before beginning, running out of yarn before I could finish the last lace repeat and unceremoniously cast off the cowl failing to make a full repeat. Chop chop! Should have gone down a needle size. It still looks just fine....I wasn't about to rip the whole thing back or anything. My solution was simpler: simply gift it to someone less likely to notice who doesn't read my blog. Genius, I am.
The pattern is called the Noble Cowl, and it is free. It makes for a lovely gift and only took me a couple days to whip up.