If you are new to knitting but are a little bored with plain old knit stitch, I think you should consider graduating to the purl stitch. Not only just the purl stitch but alternating knit and purl every three stitches!
To make the basket weave man scarf, you can get any kind of yarn (probably any smooth yarn as textured/novelty yarn will mask the texture you are creating with your stitch pattern) and the suggested needle size on the ball band. You will need to know cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch and how to slip stitches (both knitwise and purlwise). You can also join two colours together to create a fleck of depth as I have with my Oatmeal and Charcoal baby alpaca yarns. The Oatmeal is a DK weight and the Charcoal is a lace weight, together they make a nice bouncy, extremely soft yarn with excellent drape.