Hee hee...so I just finished the "boyfriend cashmere" scarf - but I did it in a yummy alpaca in a blue/gray (his choice). And
I followed the incorrect pattern in the book. The whole time I kept saying "It doesn't look anything like the picture!" But I figured it was just my less-than-perfect knitting skills and it was looking nice anyway. In the end, it was kind of a relief to look up the pattern on the website and realize that it wouldn't look anything like the picture with the pattern I was following! So if anyone is curious about how it would turn out following the book pattern (hope you can see the detail - it is folded in half thus you can see how the back looks too):
It is a bit lighter and lacier than the original, but he likes it and wears it. What more can I ask for?