This is the scarf I started last Saturday for my cousin. It's a bright royal blue and because I used a solid coulor I knitted this basketweave pattern that stands out. Other benefits of this pattern is that it looks the same on both sides, it's fast and it's very simple: knit and purl stitches all along.
My pattern is: CO 25 stitches on a 5mm knitting needles then k5, p5, etc. for 5 rows - count 5 bumps. Then change and so on and so forth.