In keeping with my tradition of knitting one item a year, I finished a cowl for myself. I'm super excited to be able to wear it before spring arrives.
The pattern I used is called the Gap-tastic cowl, which is available as a free download on Ravelry. It is a perfect pattern for beginners, or those who are only capable of mindless knitting like myself (I don't know how knitters keep stitch patterns in their minds, let alone read or talk while they create intricate designs). This is a simple seed stitch done on big, circular needles with bulky weight yarn. Trust me: if I can knit it, you can too.
The yarn is an acrylic, alpaca blend by Bernat in Soft Grey. It ended up a little fuzzier than I wanted. I will definitely be making this pattern again, so I will look for a yarn with better stitch definition next time. I'm open to suggestions from you more experienced knitters.