I know it's hard to believe, but even though I've been crocheting for 30 years, I didn't know how to follow a crochet pattern properly until, oh, about 10 weeks ago.
Once I taught myself that handy skill I was off. This scarf was the first off the hook. It's the Shelly pattern from crochetme.com. I used Lincraft Balmoral Tweed - an expensive scarf as it took 3 balls of the stuff. I also made another Shelly in a lighter tweed yarn for a friend - not photos as I forgot, but I was really impressed with how it turned out.