I finished this cowl yesterday afternoon and promptly dashed upstairs to soak and block it out on my bedroom floor. I had such fun knitting this pattern. My modifications are few, I used the same size needles throughout figuring the blocking magic would fix minor variations in gauge (and it did!).
As I stated previously, I'm not a fan of bobbles and avoid them whenever I can. So for bobbles I replaced a simple yarn over knit two together. Because of this decision, I saved a ton of yarn and had enough to execute the entire pattern.
This pattern would be great for an adventurous beginner to learn new techniques and explore different stitch patterns.
The next time I knit this cowl (and I will be knitting this again), I'll be using a yarn with less color variations. Some of the stitch design gets lost with the dark and varying colors of this particular wool.
This cowl would make a great holiday gift if you feel like starting early and most knitters have a special skein of fingering weight in their stash.
Ravelry notes are here