I am also working on a cowl for my niece, Tara. Tara lives in Brooklyn and can use some warm outer ware. She wears lots of black. This is Knit Picks yarn in City Tweed. It is a soft yarn in a soft grey with bits of brown and beige woven in. The pattern is CoCo's Pearls by Lovely Little Knits, a pattern on Ravelry. The pattern is pretty simple but I found it was even easier after I added stitch markers every 20 stitches.
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