The scarf on the left is the one I'm currently knitting in a raspberry colour (Patons Pompero) which is very soft.
Lace knitting patterns are very in right now and you can download this free pattern Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace free scarf pattern via the Deramores web site. It only uses one ball of wool, perfect for a small project.
They also have lots of free patterns via this link
Happy Knitting. Amanda x