Ok, my friends...I finished! It is so soft and wonderfully cozy! I used Caron Simply Soft and I believe the silkiness of this yarn, and the fact that it is not a bulky yarn, greatly enhanced the product I might have otherwise achieved with something of heavier weight. The stitches lay/lie one on top of the other very closely and really enhance the knitted look. While making this with the Caron, I had to be SUPER CAREFUL not to split my yarn or snag it. Each stitch is very visible and one snag will mar it and stand out like a sore thumb! You also have to be super careful not to miss a stitch or make the stitch in the wrong place!
The sewing together of the final piece to create the tube wasn't working for me and I ended up joining it as I do with granny squares: a sl st into the top st and a sc in the matching bottom stitch. The 3rd pic below shows the join done in ivory yarn. This can be worn in the back and won't show that much (except to all those standing or sitting behind you!). LOL
When I make the next one, I don't think I'll make it quite as deep. Picture 4 below shows you just how deep this baby is. I needed to double it down to get it on my neck and off my face. The double thickness would, however, be fabulous for those in really cold climates - and the depth would be great for covering your nose in extreme cold. For wearing it out during the day in more moderate temps, I really think one could get away with something half the height. Just my opinion...everyone will feel differently.
Having said all this, I highly recommend the pattern. It's available on Ravelry...the designer is Mamachee (Tara). It's extremely easy...you just need to be careful not to split your yarn!