At a recent Knit Night while I was showing off a cardigan I had just finished, another knitter said "Robin does not suffer from fear of finishing". I was very amused by the comment. However, there is some real truth in the discussion that followed. As a long time sewer I'm very used to doing a lot of detail work at the end of a project. Knitters frequently pick projects to avoid finishing, sometimes to the detriment of their knitting. If you learned how to knit, learning how to do the finishing is just the next step in the process. In the same way you moved on from the garter stitch scarf to socks, hats and other more complex items you can start to add finishing skills to your knowledge base. Some of the fear involved with the finishing process may be due to the simple fact that you may not know about all of the different techniques possible or how or when to use them. Many shops offer classes to assist you in learning these skills. If a shop is not an option for you I would recommend you get a good reference book. There are a number of them out there, check out this search. Once you take the time to develop these skills it means that you can tackle any project with the confidence that it will be successful.