Real men wear scarves! Whether he's strolling along a downtown street or roughing it in the wilds doesn't matter - if you want to give your man something special, knit him a scarf.
Think about what this man would like and how the scarf will be used. If he does most of his walking along the streets of town, he may prefer a lighter scarf; but if he goes hunting or hiking in the cold, he will be happy with a bulkier, warmer scarf. Darker colors are usually more acceptable to men, but pay attention to the colors that he wears most often, or choose a color to match or complement his coat or jacket.
Choose wool or a wool blend for warmth or something lighter, like mohair or alpaca, for a more stylish scarf.
Scarves for men are generally wider and bulkier than those made for women and often have a heavy texture to them. Men's scarves are wider by four or five inches and that much longer than women's, too, so make sure you have enough yarn before you start.
If you have a stitch pattern book you can decide for yourself which pattern or combination of patterns you want to use. A popcorn stitch is simple and you can work out for yourself how large or small the "popcorns" will be. Knit in front, in back and in front again as many times as you wish, of one stitch, then when you purl back on the row, purl all of these stitches together.
Other popular patterns are cables and many varieties of ribs. If you see a stitch pattern you like, try it with the yarn you want to use. Solid colors of yarn look best with a lot of pattern texture, but tweeds and variegated yarns can look good, too.
If you combine two or more stitch patterns, carefully work it out on paper first. Plan to make a four stitch edge of plain knit or moss stitch to keep it from curling, then a few rows of stockinet stitch to frame the pattern. Knit a few rows at the beginning and end of the scarf to keep the edges straight.
Add the number of stitches for both edges to the number of stitches in the pattern you want to use. Some patterns, like the moss stitch will be repeated numerous times, so you can repeat it until you have the width you want. If you use a stitch like this, make a swatch in that stitch so you can figure how many stitches you'll need to cast on.
When you have that number, all you have to do is cast them on and start knitting your plan.