This cowl from Mountain Colors is so easy and quick, I knit the shop sample in an evening. The kit comes in different colors, by the way.
For all you beginner knitters out there: If you buy the kit (at Roxanne's, for example), don't forget to wind those mini-skeins into balls before you knit. I draped them, one at a time, over the arm of my chair and my knee. It only took a minute to wind each one by hand; no need for a swift or ball winder.
The pattern materials list calls for dpns as well as a #11, 16" circular needle, but you don't need the dpns, it's just a typo of sorts.
I could have knitted this even faster, but I started with a #10.5, since I usually have to go down a size. In this case, the #11 worked better, due to the bumpy, almost bouclé texture of the yarn. So I had to frog my first attempt with the smaller needles; my gauge was off, and this was supposed to fit an adult human, not a child or large doll.
Be sure to cast off loosely--pull that extra bump of yarn through the loop, and the cowl will fit nicely over your head!