I used the Irish Hiking Scarf pattern and used Knitpicks Swish Superwash in Fire Brick Red. It is 5 feet long. I started this in October and worked on it intermittently so it seemed like it took me forever!!
It's now all boxed up and ready to mail.
It is difficult to photgraph red. But here are a couple photos.
No, it just has to be approximately 5-8 inches by 60 inches and it's better if washable and gender neutral. The pattern on the site is only a suggestion. If I do this again I'm using bulky yarn- five feet is a long knit!