The first gift of the season has been finished. It's a really simple Seaman's scarf. I made it wide and long for a 6'4" man. Jan picked the colors for her nephew and bought the yarn. I knit it up, so we both get to be on the gift card :-)
It is made of Plymouth Yarn's "Encore Colorspun" (worsted weight, 75 acrylic, 25% wool), col./lot - 7118/31894, made in Turkey, 3.5 oz, 200 yds). It feels soft and is semi-machine washable.
The picture on the left is the neck portion, and the picture on the right is one of the ends. The ends are garter stitch, and the neck is K4P4 ribbing. The pattern is online, just google "stahman seamans scarf" for several web sites. The scarf was popularized by Myrna Stahman, and her book "Stahman's Shawls and Scarves: Lace Faroese-Shaped Shaws from the Neck Down & Seamen's Scarves" is one of my favorites. Garter stitch is the least creative end you can put on one of these scarves. For a more creative end, try the Matthew or Matt scarf on Sarah Bradberry's Knitting-and.com.
Next up is a merino wool tam.