These needles are Knitters Pride Cubics from the Comby Interchangeable Sampler Set I recently ordered. The needles are square shaped and are supposed to be easier on your hands. The cord seems very easy to manipulate so you don't feel like you're wrestling with it. Wrestling and knitting aren't the best combination. (Ha Ha) I ordered this set from a store on ebay called Handsome Fibers. I'll be ordering from them again as they have great service and prices on knitting and crochet needles and yarn.
This scarf pattern was sent in the email newsletter by Kathleen Cubley, Editor of Knitting Daily (Interweave). She called it "The Vacation Scarf" because she wanted something easy to do while traveling. The pattern gives a lattice look.
Here's the pattern as I wrote it down. I'm using worsted weight yarn and size 7 needles.
CO 24 stitches
Row 1: K1, *YO, K2tog; rep from * to last st, K1.
Row 2: K1, *YO, P2tog; rep from * to last st, K1.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until scarf is the desired length. .