I didn't even know what a cowl was until recently. I grew up in the Caribbean, that's my excuse. But I stumbled across a couple of cute ones when looking for gifts my husband could buy me for Christmas. (Yes, quite a selfish pursuit.) They were lots more expensive than I thought they should be for a glorified cross between a scarf and overgrown turtleneck. So I stopped looking at them.
It was a really inexpensive project. It cost me some knitting needles (I didn't have any, but used a 40% off coupon at Michaels) and one 7 oz package of Red Heart Super Saver yarn (less than $3). Next time I might choose a fancier yarn. I didn't know how much it would take, so I went with the cheap stuff.