Recently, I saw a knitted scarf pattern from Purl Bee that was called Ancient Stitch Scarf. This was interesting--as supposedly, ancient stitch was called Dora-Europos, named after the Syrian town situated along the banks of Euphrates River. This textile was the earliest known 'knitted' piece of fiber that had survived from that time period.
I love the fact that the designer took inspiration from this piece to knit a soft, comfy scarf. Upon my further investigation, scholars think that this isn't knitting but Nålebinding. Below is the main stitch--using only one needle instead of two. Is it worth a try? I don't know--I think I like the knitted version better!