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Like me, you’re probably knitting your fingers off on holiday gifts.  Also like me, you probably keep adding to the list of people for whom you’d like to make something welcome, but not too costly or time-consuming. 

Whether you’re a new knitter or an experienced one, these accessories will surely have a place somewhere in your gift knitting, because they are quick to work up, and easy to make.  They are practical, and warm, and the scarf gives you plenty of scope for variations, and the use of luxury yarns in a project that isn’t a budget-breaker.

And Cathy White’s Cuff Kerchief, at left, is  made of inexpensive synthetics, either worked in the round or made flat and then seamed, if you’re not yet adept with double-points.

For the Not-a-Scarf, the amount of yarn you’ll need will depend on which yarns you select, and how you decide to combine them.  Two balls of Paton’s Rumor made one of those pictured, above; the leftover yarn from my Red Scarf Project—a partial hank of Brown Sheep’s handpainted Burly Spun, combined with a partial ball of Cascade’s Di-ve mohair blend--made the other, below.

Needles will depend on your own gauge in your chosen yarns, of course.  You’ll also need a measuring tape, a yarn needle, and a crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches.

And field testing by volunteers from Larimer County Search and Rescue resulted in pleas that the testers be able to keep their prototypes.  It’s cold here, so I said yes, and worked several more for photography.