July is traditionally the time when I start making my list of holiday gifts; it gives me time to plan ahead, etc. The past couple of years I haven't been too great about handmade gifts or thinking ahead for that matter, so a couple of weeks ago when I started planning for this year I was pretty happy I was even thinking of December in August. Since most of my friends knit and most of my family have received their fair share of handknit gifts, J-La and I decided to make a different kind of gift this year (spoiler alert: don't click that link if you think you're gonna get a gift from me this year and want to keep it a surprise).
But there are still a handful of folks who will get a handknit and this is my go-to scarf for gifting. A million pluses and no minuses in my opinion: super soft, good color choices, unisex pattern, warm but flexible, super quick to knit—you can crank these suckers out if you've got a long list, one row pattern suitable for knitting even while watching films with subtitles! What's not to love?
The Go To Scarf
2.5 skeins Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande or Misti Alpaca Chunky (interchangeable in my opinion)
US 11 needles
CO 23 sts.
Every row: *K2, p2, * to the last 3 sts, k2, p1
(aka Uneven Rib)
The scarf I'm working on right now is a pretty rockin shade of green that only came up in any decent fashion when I used my flash, which really took away from the texture of the garment (and made the shots look lame, as the flash generally does). So here's a Shot for Color and a Shot for Texture. Combine the two in your mind for a realistic idea of how sweet this little guy is: