I actually think this thing is coming around:
Not to jump the gun, but my sense is this the scarf will not turn out to be overly open-knit (hallelujah).
It seems that short rows play a role in just about every knitting project you can imagine. Here, there are 4 short rows between Rows 1 and 2 and a repeat pattern of 6 full rows. Those short rows are like little wedges on the upper scarf (the outside curve part that looks a bit ruffle-y - cuz it is!).
I sense this is about half way finished (given how much yarn I have left).
I actually think the progression of colours is quite lovely. It's somehow like a cozy scarf and a miserable winter day, all at the same time.
What do you think so far? Do the colours appeal to you? Is it a weird shape, as far as you're concerned? Do tell...