Y'all are the sweetest, thanks for your lovely comments on the neckline and sweater. Just a few ends and she'll be done, and I'll post modifications then.
Meanwhile, if you smirked at those photos you might like these:
Pattern: Ruffles from Scarf Style, with modifications
Yarn: Danette Taylor superwash merino in Bramble Rose
Notes: Since it's for my 7 yo niece, I didn't want too big or overwhelming a scarf, so I worked the rufflies over 18 stitches, and worked seed stitch for the neck wrapping. I had thought up an elaborate gradual transition from curlies to seed stitch, but at the moment of truth realized it worked fine switching cold turkey. Miles of seed stitch was not so fun for me, and in retrospect, I probably could have decreased by at least a couple of stitches for that portion. Meh. It's a cute, fun scarf, and the colors are gorgeous.
(You know, the rufflies look better in one direction than the other. If I were to do this same scarf again, I would use a softer yarn for drape, and do both rufflies so they hang in the same direction. That means grafting or invisible cast on or some such, but it'd be worth it.)