I needed to make a few quick items for Christmas presents and in New Jersey where the winters can be tricky, what better to give then a cowl. Many people don't want the length and bulkiness of a scarf and this is a great alternative. This is a perfect item for a cable stitch beginner. It looks much more complicated than it is and it really knits up very quickly. Given as a gift, the recipient will think you spent much more time on this than you actually did. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY use a cable needle do a 3 needle bind off do a kitchener stitch use a circular knitting needle or double pointed needles GAUGE 28 sts and 19 rows = 4"/10 cm in Cable Stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 7" x 24"