"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace." - Milan Kundera (b. 1929) Czech author
If you are a beginning knitter and you want to make a scarf that is a bit more interesting then a basic stockinette, then a basket weave scarf is for you (please ignore the dog hair in the bottom picture, it clings to everything I own). All you need to know to make it is how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.
Cast on 32 inches. Knit 4 and purl 4 for rows 1-4. Then reverse and purl 4 knit 4. Continue until you run out of yarn. Bind off and weave in ends. This can be adapted to any weight yarn and needles you would like to use.