This pretty knit cowl is called a Cowboy Cowl. It's a fitting name since the design is more like a kerchief shape than a traditional cowl design. Although the pattern falls into the easy category, I think that there is enough variety in the pattern to appeal to more experienced knitters as well.
I like knitting cowls because they are easy to take on the go. And, the finished product is versatile enough to wear with a variety of outfits. You can use it more like a scarf to keep your neck warm when outdoors. Or, as an accessory to add a splash of color to an outfit. From day to night, a cowl can be a festive and fun accent piece to dress-up, or wear casually. These also make great gifts because you don't have to worry about sizes as one size fits all.