Cowls are not new but there have been a few appearing at The Craft Group.
Here is Joan's.
Hers is knitted. You can find some free cowl knitting patterns here.
Here is one by Bronwyn. Hers is crocheted.
I love these next 2 photos. Bronwyn is chatting to me about her cowl she made. In the background are the quilting ladies frantically searching for a needle that flung into the air and landed who-knows-where. It was a very thorough search, let me tell you!
In the end it was found at home in someone else's quilting bag.
It had landed there and wasn't on the ground after all!
You might have better luck searching for crochet cowl patterns here.
Although I can't complain with our Sydney winter which has seen so many 20 degree days.