This is the shawl/cowl hybrid. I really like this idea.
1) cast on as if you're knitting a top down shawl
2) continue until the edges are wide enough so if joined will fit your head
3) join and start knitting in the round, for about 4 inches or so
4) cast off, darn in ends and yo have a ssmall shawl with loops around your neck without falling off.
I wear my small shawls with the point at the front so this is ideal for me.
I've picked out some sparkly 4ply from my stash for the next shawl/cowl pattern, just need to wind it up