I cast on 42 stitches this time (the previous scarf had 33). Naturally this one is turning out a little on the wide side. But after being machine washed and dried (Wool Ease’s great strength), it should be juuuuust right.
Each row of checkers is 2″ high. Since I like things to be symmetrical, each unit will be 4×4 checkers, or 8″ high. (And square, obviously.)
A six foot scarf is 72 inches long, which is nine units. (72″ of length / 8″ units = 9.)
This unit is just stockinette + reverse stockinette. I’ve planned out the other nine units in a repeating pattern. If this is unit A, and the next one is unit B, then the pattern will go:
A B C D E D C B A
The next unit is stockinette + moss stitch (or is it double moss? I can never remember – little blocks of 2×2 stitches). Then stockinette + garter rib, and so forth.
It’s a good way to break up the knitting. I find that something as long as a scarf requires some kind of knitting strategy, otherwise it’s just too demoralizing. This will end up being a little on the quirky side, but I think it should suit a college student (male or female) acceptably.