When offering to do a test knit for the Ziyal cowl, the designer shared the following smocking tutorial. Until I discovered this website, I did not know that smocking was the term for gathering of fabric. (You learn something new every day!) This tutorial explains the technique well while showing clear step by step photographs.
I hope that I am selected for this test knit. You can bet that the pattern will be featured here on KPOTD later on! (Update: I was selected for this project, and it was a great knit!)