Two Christmases ago, I intended to give my fiancé the fanciest scarf I had ever made: Purl Soho's Men's Mini Herringbone Scarf using Pro Lana Baby Alpaca Yarn in green, his favorite color. This was the first time I had tried the herringbone stitch, and it ended up being a little too fancy for the time I had allotted myself, and just like that, the Christmas present turned into a Valentine's Day present.
Now that Valentine's day is coming up again, I took a moment to photograph it, because it really is quite the scarf.
Herringbone stitch is the craziest thing. You're using larger needles than the yarn calls for, so it seems like the knitting should go quickly, but that isn't the case at all. Every stitch gets worked twice, and all the crisscrossing makes a shockingly tight, double-thick finished product that is as warm as it is beautiful.
It was totally worth the work.