I JUST today bought yarn to complete the Latifa scarf!! I found the pattern when I was looking for one for my 16-year-old daughter, Alex, and fell in love with this one for me. Only thing is, I promised my daughter to finish hers (different pattern) first. Of course, she's lucky now because I have a real incentive to get it finished soon and she'll have it before spring
I'm also a beginner - though I made a dress and sweater for Alex when she was about five, it's been a long time since I picked up any knitting needles. My 10-year-old wanted to learn to knit and got a kit for the holidays. She lost patience and I ended up making a hat for her from her kit and am hooked on it now.
The Latifa sounds pretty easy until the ruffles when it instructs to "pick up the stitches" and to knit front and back (thereby doubling the number of stitches). I have NO idea how to do either, but I thought I'd get the color block scarf out of the way and then try to figure it out.
Anyway, it's nice finding this forum. I look forward to chatting with you all.