I stressed a lot about this Thermis pattern. The gauge is off. I emailed the designer and never heard back so I read everyone's comments on Ravelry. At the suggested 14 stitches for 4 inches, this cowl would be gigantic. I cast on 100 stitches with Malabrigo worsted on 5s and it seems to fit my friend well. She told me that her nose is always cold so I added extra repeats to make the Thermis taller. I had fun looking at knitting patterns under 'nose warmer' heading. There is a crazy pattern floating out there for an Avatar-looking headgear.