This is a great stash-busting pattern that anyone can do. All you need is a pair of double pointed needles and a skein of yarn you don't know what to do with.
I-Cord Necklace Cowl
1 skein of yarn (I used about a half skein of sport weight yarn)
1 pair of US4 dpns (or size needed for chosen yarn)
CO 4 sts, leaving a 6" tail.
Knit i-cord until you reach near the end of the skein.
BO all sts, leaving a 6" tail.
Wrap the cord around your neck once where you want it to fall. Pull the loop over head and continue to wrap the rest of the cord around using the original loop as your guide. Using one tail, sew a running stitch across the back of the neck to hold the loops in place. Using the other tail, backstitch across the neck. For extra security, backstitch twice across the neck. Tie off and weave in loose ends.