This cowl is so great to wear. It keeps your neck warm and cozy while never falling off or unwrapping like a scarf does. It is knit flat, back and forth, to achieve the point, and then joined in the round to complete the upper portion. I have several of these in different colors and fibers. My favorite ones are cashmere, alpaca, and an alpaca/silk blend. I love the way I can throw one on, be warm, stylish, and color coordinated (and feel like a cowboy!). This pattern is written both with or without the column of stitches running up the center.