There are times when you have to knit a plain scarf for someone with a conservative sense of style. But "plain" does not have to equal "boring!" Pick the right yarn, like the subtly-fuzzy Aran weight Concept by Katia Cotton-Merino (which comes in several neutral colors and a few with subtle stripes) and you'll be done in no time and enjoy the process, too! Look how happy I am to be working on it ... and how cute those stripes look when they're knit up!
2 balls Concept by Katia Cotton-Merino in color 205
US size 10 knitting needles (straight or circular, your choice)
Cast on 28 stitches.
(Knit 1, purl 1) across.
Pattern row: Slip first stitch of row as if to knit with yarn in back, purl 1, then (knit 1, purl 1) across.
Repeat pattern row until you have a few yards of yarn left, then bind off LOOSELY in pattern.