Pattern: Houndstooth Check Cowl by Megan Knitprints
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Chunky in charcoal and yellow/grey, 1 skein each
Needle: US 10.5
Mods: I didn't bother getting gauge - I wanted a big luxurious cowl that I could wear with my enormous down coat this winter - I can easily double this around my neck. I knit the pattern as written, then knit through row six, then did Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. I love using Misti Alpaca Chunky for two-color projects, and I certainly have a bunch of leftovers - so I may be knitting another cowl soon with a solid main color and leftovers for the accent colors. My finished cowl measures approximately 36 inches in circumference, or 18 inches when laying flat and 8 inches wide.
Here you can see the right side and the wrong side - both are lovely. I would highly recommend using a 20 inch circular needle - I used a 16 inch because it was free and it was a super tight squeeze!