I mean that literally. The long, green manly scarf was all boxed up today, ready to be unwrapped on Christmas morning. I did manage to snap its picture first:
In fact it was so soft and comfy that I forgot to take it off after taking the picture, and I wore it for the rest of the afternoon. It's a good thing that I am in the spirit of giving. And that my shelves are overflowing with scarves already. And that green is, sadly, not a good color for me.
Here is how I knitted this one: I chose the mistake rib -- reversible, nicely textured, and since it doesn't pull in as much as a regular 2/2 rib, it eats up a bit less yarn. You need to cast on a multiple of 4 stitches minus one. I went with 51 stitches but in retrospect, I feel the scarf could be a tad narrower.
A quick mistake-rib refresher:
Row 1: *K2, P2, repeat from * to the last 3 stitches, K2, P1.
All subsequent rows: Repeat Row 1.
I scattered about 8 decreases on the bind-off row to keep the edge from fanning out.
The scarf is over 7' long and I used close to 6 skeins of Classic Elite Kumara, because -- well, just because. I wanted it to be a buttery soft, luxurious scarf, and it is. 85% extra fine Merino, 15% baby camel and allover lovely to wear next to one's skin. One could make an equally special pair of mittens or a cowl with just a couple of skeins. Just a thought.