This hardly qualifies as a pattern. But given that I needed a two-class project for beginners-of-discriminating-taste, I went big. Big needles. Big yarn. Big impact. Big challenges wrangling big needles for the newbies. But they did smashingly well. And are well on their way to knitting what I hope will be their first neckwarmer of many. Pattern below.
To fit head 21 in circumference.
YARN AND SUPPLIES
1 skein Cascade Magnum, 100% wool, 123 yds (112m)/8.8 oz. (250g)
Circular or straight needles size 19 US (15mm)
1.75 stitches to the inch in stockinette stitch
Cast on 17 stitches.
Rows 1: Purl across to end of row.
Row 2: Knit across to end of row.
Repeat rows 1-2 until piece measures 19 inches. (Knit extra inches for a drapey look.)
Bind off loosely.
Using tapestry needle seam cast on edge to bind off edge using mattress stitch. Weave in ends.