When you buy the pattern, you get many versions! I knitted from the English version 3a. The original version began at the tiny waves, which many people felt was more difficult than ending with them. I had no problem ending with them, so they might be right! I also used the alternate border (the "mistake" rib) to avoid what some felt was a floppy edge - something I definitely don't like in cowls.
I have to say, this was really fun! Watching the differing sizes of waves come together was fascinating and about the time I was tired of knitting one size, it was on to the next. The pattern was easy to remember, making this a good knit for not having to devote my whole concentration to.
Right now I'm finishing up another knit along and then it's back to my Forest Wrap!
Happy Creating! Deborah