I know there is that superstition that a girl shouldn't knit a sweater for her boyfriend before they're officially a couple, but I don't think it applies to 1)the girl's mother knitting for the boyfriend and 2) a scarf rather than a sweater! At least I hope not, because I just finished a gorgeous scarf for my daughter's boyfriend, which I will add to a package of gifts she left for me to send to him while she is studying abroad in Europe this semester.
I am so happy with this scarf. The pattern is Christian's Scarf by Agnes Kutas-Keresztes. There is a matching hat pattern on Ravelry also (both are free!). This was a wonderful, rhythmic pattern that was fun, easy and looks fantastic--no curling, just the right amount of texture. The Cascade 220 Superwash that I used was the perfect yarn--softened up with soaking (and a little spin through the dryer after blocking), very durable and just the right weight. My daughter chose the very rich, not quite black shade called Jet. I definitely want to make this scarf again. Can't wait to see how the boyfriend likes it--I will mail it in a few weeks.
Another very successful part of this project was the use of the Inspinity Premium Blocking wires. I bought these a few years ago and they are fantastic. The set comes with a number of different lengths; they are very flexible (almost like threading a needle in and out of the rows and produce a beautiful result. I highly recommend them!