Cooperative Press has recently released Fresh Designs: Scarves.
It includes knit patterns for 10 stylish & unique scarves. My contribution is the Avonleigh Scarf/Hood. It was inspired by “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”, (I know — a good, long time ago) and how beautiful and mysterious Meryl Streep looked wearing her hooded cape. Knitted hats, while lovely, can mess with your hair, but a hooded scarf keeps you warm while leaving you well-coiffed!
The scarf begins with a lace edging and then transitions into a vine wandering back & forth across a reverse stockinette background, decorated with leaves & berries. The two sides of the scarf are knit separately and then grafted together. The rounded hood is knit in two pieces and seamed together. (No funny elfin point at the back of your head!) Then, ribbing is picked up around the bottom, making the hood billow nicely. Finally, the hood is attached to the center section of the scarf.
Intermediate knitting skills are required including a little lacework, cabling, bobbles and grafting. (Tip: Bobbles aren’t so bad if you learn to knit them backwards! This video illustrates the process: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT-u3MBGFtI )