I've been inspired by all of the man shawls, cowls and wraps I've seen everywhere lately! It's nice to witness a broadening of traditional masculine garment boundaries. I wanted to design something in a similar vein to a mawl, but with a little more versatility that I could wear with jeans and boots or a casual dress sport coat. You can wear the capucha in several different ways depending on how much slack you allow in the icord ties and is a lot of fun to knit. It almost serves as a knitting sampler of sorts packed with several knitting techniques--icord bind-off, applied icord, cables, ribbing, eyelets, paired increases/decreases, short rows, etc.--that could be practiced and developed for use in larger, more advanced knitting projects. It's also a great stash buster! For the sample, I used a ribbon yarn for the lower half and a soft merino DK held double for the collar. The edging was knit in a bulky acrylic/wool tweed. The pattern will be released on 9/15/10 on Ravelry and The Knitting Mill Blog.