Men don't wear as many accessories as women do, and they don't mind getting cold as much. This makes it harder to find patterns for the men in my life, especially my teenage brother. He has very specific tastes that are limited to Nike and Under Armour.
I picked up this yarn the last time I visited my family in Georgia. My mom said that I'd bought it years ago and left it behind. The label was long lost, but it was probably exclusively wool and a dk weight. It did tend to pull apart if I handled it too roughly, but joined again easily with a spit splice. The color was a cool grey, brown, and muddy green striping, which felt masculine.
I had no idea how to get more, so I was limited to a scarf. I frogged it a couple times as I decided on the width, but finally settled on approximately 8". This is a little narrow, but I wanted it to be long enough to wrap around the wearer's neck. I used the waffle stitch from end to end because it lays flat and is a little warmer than a stockinette. With such a simple design, I didn't need a pattern. It was good background knitting.
My mom borrowed it because it matches her coat. I'm happy to know it's being used!