Wow. It's been ages since I've updated, and I'm sorry. I can give all sorts of excuses: Christmas knitting, visiting my adorable baby cousin Aster, breaking up with Steve, meeting and falling in love with Doug, and procrastinating. Despite all these excuses, I want to make it up to you guys with this free pattern--it's very simple and quick, and should take not much more than 6 hours. So get a skein of your favorite chunky yarn (variegated or self-striping is best!) and a good book on tape (or NPR, or Netflix On-Demand) and get crackin'!
Gauge is not important, neither is number of stitches. For a longer loop, either cast on fewer stitches or provide yourself with more yarn. I simply knit until I had barely enough to graft it with the kitchener stitch.
Here's what I did and used:
1 skein Noro Transitions (Check this out: 55% wool, 10% silk, 7% angora, 7% camel, 7% kid mohair, 7% alpaca, and 7% cashmere...make up your mind, already!)
Size US 11 needles
1 audio file of Lolita by Nabokov
First, provisionally cast on 23 stitches (fewer for a longer, narrower scarf). Here's a good video by LunaKnits that taught me how to do it.
Odd rows: Knit.
Even rows: Knit one stitch, knit the next two stitches together, and then knit until one stitch remains. Lift the yarn between the needles with your left needle from the back of the yarn and knit that as a stitch. Knit the last stitch.
Continue these steps until you are nail-bitingly close to the end of your yarn. Finish with an even row.
Next, put the live provisional stitches on another needle. Put the end of your working yarn through a yarn needle, and graft the stitches together with the kitchener stitch. If you don't know how to do this, here's a tutorial from Stitch Diva Studios.
When you're finished, you may think, "Wow...this is not nearly long enough." It's time to block it! I soaked it in my bathroom sink and stretched it around my towel bar--that seemed to be a good size to make it stretch. In the morning I took it off, pulled the sides apart so it was flat, and laid it on my bed to finish drying. Later that day it was finished, and I happily wore it doubled as so:
Enjoy! I hope you like this super-simple scarf!