I can't say enough good things about this cowl pattern. Lente is a relatively simple knitting project that even an advanced beginner should be able to manage (and you will find lots of support on Ravelry if you want to knit it, including the Adventurous April thread here.)
The design is a clever one and is written to be adaptable to different types of yarn. I knitted it with an aran weight, but it also looks fantastic in a bulky yarn and would knit up quickly enough in that weight to be the perfect holiday gift for friends and teachers. It also shows off multicolored yarns to advantage, but works nicely with solids or "quieter" yarns as well.
Have you knit Lente? If you have, make sure you add in a link so we can see it!