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Knit! Knit like the wind! There’s still time to knit someone a scarf for a holiday gift if you’re fast. Yarn Harlot Stephanie Pearl-McPhee recently made a gorgeous, simple scarf with a really nice yarn – I made a lower-rent version using about 2 skeins of Cascade 220. I did a 2×2 rib over 38 stitches on size 10 needles. It’s a very easy holiday present and a somewhat hypnotic, therapeutic knit.

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I also made this ribbed scarf – same yarn and needle size, but alternating rows of K3,P3, and K1,P1 – you have to cast on a multiple of six stitches. I don’t remember where I found this rib pattern (years ago!), but it’s simple and fast, with an interesting texture.