Instead, as I showed the knitters, I used Patons, Kroy sock yarn. Two label-less balls I had purchased from my Southapton, 'crankin' friend Elena a couple of years ago. Elena had scored a large quantity of Kroy at Paton's Annual Tent Sale in Listowel at a very good price. She charged me $1.00 per ball. Fred's scarf took 2 balls. The original plan to knit a scarf for Fred with $90.00 of Quiviut changed to the reality of a $2, sock-yarn scarf. "But," I told the assembled knitters, "He's worth it."
'But He's Worth It' Scarf for Fred.
Pattern: Mine - I call it Garter Rib.
Yarn: Patons Kroy Sock Yarn
Cast on 44 stitches, or any number of stitches divisible by 4 and which gives you an odd number of groups of 4. EX: My 44 stitches gave me 11 groups of 4. The odd number is necessary so that both side edges of the scarf are identical.
Knit 8 rows. (4 Garter Ridges)
Row 1: *K4, P4. Repeat from * to last 4 stitches. k4.
Row 2: Knit.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until - as Elizabeth Zimmermann might say - ' you get sick of knitting or run out of yarn, whichever comes first.'
Finish by knitting 8 more rows, then cast off.
I used my own version of a stretchy bind off. I do it like this - *Cast off 5 stitches, then create a stitch by picking up the purl bump from behind the next stitch. Knit it, cast it off, then repeat the process from * across the row. This gives about 20% more stitches for the cast off and kept mine nice and loose.
Colour suits, looks good with the jacket, matches the beard. Should keep him warm this winter and as I said "He is so totally worth it."