Here are some pictures of my more recent attempts, which have made lovely presents for holidays and birthdays.
One note: If you knit in stockinette stitch throughout you will find that the scarf curls up at the sides and the ends. Garter stich and variations of Moss stitch http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/stitches/moss.htmhttp://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&faqKey=271 work better as they prevent the yarn from curling up at the edges. Also if you use Homespun it's not very good for fringes, as it frays easily. I usually use a different kind of yarn, if I want a fringe as well.
I used a lot of Fun Fur, Fancy Fur, Homespun, Incredible and Trellis yarns, which are all made by Lion Brand, and they have lots of free scarf patterns on yarn wrappers and also on their web site. Here's the link to the web site http://cache.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/yarnInfo.cgi?yarnPageIndex=1
Red Heart Super Saver yarns are great too http://store.knitting-warehouse.com/yarn-coats.html If you are an absolute beginner, I would stay away from the really fancy bobbly furry yarns until you have the hang of it. Two of the scarves shown together were: one knitted with Bernat Eyelash and the other from a kit that came complete with instructions and knitting needles! However, I would recommend either using Red Heart super saver or Lion Brand Woolease to learn with. That way, if you drop a stitch you will be able to see it! Also start with needles that are not too large or not too small - US # 9's or 10's would be good.
Hope you all have fun whatever you end up knitting. I am so happy that it has made a "come-back". There are so many wonderful new yarns available now. Good Luck!