I have a confession to make. I have a strong aversion to “cowls”. Knitters everywhere are enamored with making and wearing “cowls”, and I just cannot get into this spirit. I have two reasons.
Reason the first
A cowl is defined as a hood. Most, if not all knitted “cowls” are not cowls at all.
See how the front of the cowl forms a drape around the neck? That’s called a cowl neck, the drapey part of the hood. Some sweaters have cowl necks, which imitate this drape.
Reason the second
“Cowls” remind me of dickeys and wimples. I dislike dickeys very much.. I used to be forced to wear such things under sweaters etc. Mom used to say it was the warmth of a turtle neck without the bulk. Which is fine, but I didn’t even like turtle necks. I have nothing against wimples, except that I don’t care for them. It’s not a dislike, I just don’t see myself looking very good in one.
In conclusion, most “cowls” are really neck warmers. If you like to make and wear neck warmers, by all means go for it. However, I still think they remind me too much of Dickeys. Personally I would rather make and wear a scarf or shawl.