I was really surprised that the Coney Island scarf did not knit up the way that it appears in the photo. My expectation was that the ends of the scarf would be square with a diagonal garter stitch pattern. Nope — you can see in this photo that as I started the main part of the scarf that both sides turn.
It makes sense when you think about the pattern instructions. I did not analyze the pattern, I just started knitting — if you follow the pattern, the scarf is actually designed to come to a point on both ends.
In the photo that is posted with the pattern, it appears that the scarf is stitched on the diagonal, right? I really don’t think the pattern matches the photo.
I ripped out the first start and changed the the pattern by adding a row of all knit after each inc/dec row. That change makes the pattern square and on the diagonal. I knit about 10 inches and wondered if I should have slipped the first stitch to keep it from getting sloppy so I ripped and restarted. I was only about 20 rows into the third start when I stopped and ripped since it added an extra dimension and some width to the edge that I found unattractive. After knitting about 30 inches on the fourth start I realized that I used the wrong size needles the scarf was a little stiff and eating up too much yarn. I ripped it out, steamed the yarn and this is the fifth start on size 9 needles.