It's that time of year. You're thinking "Maybe I'll knit a scarf for Aunt Ethel for Christmas." After putting my scarf on the back burner for over a year, it is finally finished. The pattern I used is a great if you are tired of the garter stitch, have experienced the accordian effect when using a rib stitch, or the curling effect when using a straight stitch. Ironically this stitch is called the "Mistake Rib Stitch" which is simply a combination of multiples of 4 stitches (K2, P2), plus 3 (K2, P1) -- both sides. So depending on how wide you want your scarf and how thick your yarn is, cast on any multiple of 4 stitches, plus 3. I cast on 39 stitches for this scarf (worsted yarn). 9 x 4 = 36 + 3 = 39. The scarf ended up being about 6 inches wide. Enjoy!
(Soon I'll write you about the crocheted beret, which is from an old pattern I dug up from the early 1900's.)