Why "Bad Oyster"? 'Cause it doesn't have any purls! (Badumching!! I'll be here all week, folks.)
This scarf/shawl/triangle/whatever you want to call it is knit entirely in the round, and then steeked open, a process which also creates the fringe pretty painlessly (you get to tie them together to avoid future unravelling, but there's no cutting-a-million-little-pieces-and-crochet-hooking-them-on.) It is a super low-stress introduction to steeks, since even if you mess up terribly and cut it open like a ham-fisted baby gorilla, you'll just have a few pieces of fringe that aren't quite right.
It's also wide open to personalization- the stockinette background would be perfect for an interesting stitch pattern or cables, even colorwork, since it's in the round. Would work up easily in another gauge, and you can make it as long or short as you like. You can even change the length of the fringe by putting more or fewer stitches in the "to be dropped" section. As written, it should work with just about any sock yarn and takes less than a 100g skein (which is what they usually are.) Good news for those of us who may have gone nuts at Sock Summit (ahem.)
I'll try to get a better picture of it flat so that you can see the shape a bit better...basically it's a shallow triangle with long arms. I haven't really tried wearing it as a shawl, as I'm not really the type, but it stays on great as a scarf (and you can tie it around your waist if you want to rock the belly-dancer look.)
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