Using the same yarn as in the old post pictures (but red, of course), I cast on 33 stitches to meet the 5-8 inches wide requirement; in the end it was 10.5 inches on the nose but honestly 8 inches looked so spindly. Besides, I know it is going to get longer with use so it will move closer to the required width over time. In the end, mine was around 52 inches long, but that made it long enough to wrap & tie, which was suggested. The pattern remains:
Knit for seven (7) rows.
For the rest of the scarf, up to the last seven (7) rows -& I bet you can guess how those will go- repeat the following three rows:
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit five (5) , purl to the last 5 stitches, knit five (5)
Row 3: Knit
Continue until scarf is desired length.