I'm getting a birthday bouquet for Grandma, sent to her from http://yarngiftbouquets.com/. Roxanne and I are taking one of the sock kits and turning it into a scarf kit. Grandma knits but hasn't picked up the needles in awhile. And what do you get someone who's turning 80 and has everything. Some gorgeous yarn and needles, oh yeah.
But we need a pattern for a really simple scarf. I always liked this pattern and I have no clue where it came from. I believe it came from a stitch guide. It is so simple and once you get the hang of it you don't need a hard copy. So I have used it for years to use up those pesky part balls of yarn in my stash. Sometimes long ones, sometimes a neckwarmer scarf to tuck in your coat.
Easy Lace Stashbuster Scarf
Yarn - anything you have (this was a fuzzy sport weight acrylic in my stash) less than 200 yards.
Needles - large (this scarf 8mm)
Size - (this scarf 8" wide by 40" long)
Cast On 26 stitches.
Knit 6 rows garter stitch for bottom border.
Row 1 - K3, *(k2tog, yo)* repeat till last 3 stitches, K3
Row 2 - K3, purl to last 3 stitches, K3
Row 3 - K3, *(yo, k2tog)* repeat till last 3 stitches, K3
Row 4 - K3, purl to last 3 stitches, K3.
Repeat rows 1 - 4 until scarf is as long as you like or you run out of yarn. But leave yourself enough to finish another border.
Knit 6 rows garter stitch for top border.
This pattern can be varied by size of yarn, size of needle and number of stitches. It is a multiple of 2 stitches so you can make it as wide as you want. Anything you want. Gets rid of those part balls of yarn in your stash.