This pattern is from Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts, and Socks by Fiona Goble. The book is a mixture of patterns for adults and kids, and while this scarf didn't actually say which is was for, I think it may have been aimed at children. It's more a crossover scarf than a wrap it round your neck a few times scarf.
How cute is it? It was done on 10mm needles with chunky yarn, so it worked up super fast. Which is handy because I basically had to knit it twice. I made what I thought was a mistake in the number of stitches I had, and I couldn't find where I'd gone wrong, so I ripped the whole thing back. However, when I knitted it the second time, I realised it's the pattern that's wrong. There's a decrease, then a section that asks you to repeat the last few rows, which includes the decrease, but the stitch count does not take into account that second decrease. So I just missed out one decrease to keep the stitch count the same as the pattern so I didn't get stressed about it.
That aside, the pattern was great. You increase up and then decrease back down again, so there's very little casting on and off. You also knit the tail as part of the body, and pick up stitches to knit the fin, so there's no sewing on either. Brilliant!
Though I somehow bought three balls of yarn for this scarf and I only actually needed one (though the pattern said I'd need two, so I don't even know why I bought three, but I did buy a different brand)! So confusing!
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