2) I had a new design floating around my head that needed to come out
3) I needed to knock off another Christmas present
If you look through Ravelry's popular patterns, it's easy to see that it's cowl season - and the Top Cat Aran gave me the perfect reason to knit one! And you get another free pattern out of it.
While this one was knit as a Christmas present, I am sorely tempted to keep it. It's so soft and warm and squishy!
It's just a simple slip stitch pattern, knit in the round. It's great for hand painted yarns, as you can see. But, I think it would look just ask good alternating two or three different yarns. Or in a crazy variegate. And the texture is perfect for a solid.
It's also very versatile in how you can wear it. You can wear it long. Or wrap it twice
Or three times - which is my favourite because it's just so cozy!