I can't give credit to anyone in particular for the pattern since a friend's mother scratched it down on paper for me. This scarf has awarded me many compliments. My favorite: "Nicole, you look like you're wearing a noodle!"
Note: This scarf can be made with ANY yarn and needle size. It's the perfect pattern to use with recycled yarn since it hides mistakes or imperfections. I used size US 10 needles for the brown scarf (pictured to the right). However, for the yellow/green scarf below, I'm using size US 4 needles.
I tend to be relatively picky when it comes to yarn. I prefer soft alpaca yarns or silk combinations. I usually buy my yarn locally, although have found success through Darn Good Yarn.
Cast on 20
Row 1. Knit 20 across
Row 2. Knit 8, turn (bring your yarn forward between the needles, and literally switch your needles to your opposite hands. Your yarn will now be at the back).
Row 3. Knit 8 back to the beginning. Turn.
Row 4. Knit 6, turn
Row 5. Knit 6 back to the beginning. Turn.
Row 6. Knit 4, turn
Row 7. Knit 4 back to the beginning. Turn.
Row 8. Knit 20 across to the other side
Repeat rows 2-8 until desired length.
Note: Your scarf will initially look like a bow tie. It will not start to spiral until you've repeated rows 2-8 four to six times. You are essentially knitting back and forth, creating small triangles on each side. If you lay your scarf out flat, it would look like this:
It will spiral naturally, and the result looks like this: