The Madelinetosh Embers Cowl Pattern was really fun and a super quick knit. The only thing I would mention, however, is that the pattern gives you an option for a short version of the cowl or a long version. I chose to make the short version.
Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK Yarn
Onesies in Baltic and Flashdance
DK (21-24 sts/4 in), Merino Wool, Machine Wash