Ah, the Katniss cowl. I did the collar the same, but the reason it looks less bulky as a whole is because I added several half double/double crochet rows around the bottom edge to make it fit my body better. I really recommend the pattern, it’s very well written. If you’d like more specifics, feel free to message me off anon and I’ll help however I can!
My dearest anon,
Hat for my suitemate!
Wintery gifts for a friend’s sister.
Bubble stitch hat.
Striped Bobble Blanket.