One of our Stitch & Bitch group members has recently made a lovely 'spiral' scarf using some Noro Silk yarn and when she showed me the pattern that came with it I knew I just had to try it out. The pattern was free with the yarn. When you look for it online it exists in various forms and I am sure you could adapt it to suit yourself.
This scarf is so quick and easy to knit (really, it is!) and the instant effect it creates is amazing. Using yarn that has a gradual or random colour change is ideal and fortunately my stash contained some of this self-patterning Wizz Aran that I discovered a while back in an InStore shop.
This is the pattern, and that is all there is to it! Because my yarn is chunkier than the Noro I have used 5.5mm needles. The swapping over of the needles to knit back where you have just been is a little disconcerting at first (for us k1 p1 folk!!) but you soon get the idea.
Oh, and don't be put off by how it starts out. Initially you would not think that the pattern is doing what it is supposed to.......
....but after a few rows it does start to take shape....
....and eventually starts to twist.
This is where the use of the self striping yarn comes into it's own. Although I have several balls of wool that have been dyed in this way I have never used them but have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised.
Eventually you will start to see that your scarf is forming a spiral or corkscrew.
Have a look at this link to see a blog where someone else has made one of these scarves. The finished item looks really good!
********EDIT - February 2014!********Please let me know how you have been getting on with this pattern! If anyone tries it for themselves I would be both interested and delighted to hear about your results - just post a comment (with a link if you have pictures). If I get enough responses I will blog about it in a separate article, referring to all the replies!!