This cowl is for really cold people, like Wildlings and the Night’s Watch north of the wall in the series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. It’s named after Osha, a Wildling who helps Bran and Rickon survive when they leave Winterfell: she knows how to stay alive in the frigid northern forests. The Osha cowl references evergreen trees with a special lace motif and will keep you warm through even the longest winter.
The large needles and simple lace make this a good beginner lace project or a last minute knitted gift!
I suggest using TechKnitter’s SYTK method for a neater looking ssk (left leaning decrease).
The German Twisted cast on is suggested and instructions are provided at the end of the pattern. You may use this method or your favorite stretchy cast on.