This one used a pattern (see reference below), but it was so easy, you basically read it once, see what to do, then go for it. Nothing to drag around with you while you knit.
The purpose of this project was to use up leftover yarn from other projects. I got some colors that went well together, had some fuzzy and had some shiny in it, then I said, “So what can I do with this?” This was great for that because knitting it longways makes your shawl match on both ends no matter what colors of not-necessarily-matching stripes you throw in there. When I wasn’t sure there was enough left of one color for a whole row, I just saved it to use for fringe, using up every last bit of my leftover yarn! I used multicolors for the fringe on the short ends, then only the Homespun for the fringe along the length.
For my shawl, the things I did which vary from the pattern are: I did garter stitch on the first 4 rows and on the 4 stitches at the beginning and end of each row to prevent curling. The rest was stockinette. I didn’t finish at the top with garter, just left it stockinette to give me the rolled collar when worn as seen in the middle photo. I also used LionBrand Homespun yarn to start and end with, size 15 needles, and cast on 160 stitches. I’m 5’8″ so this worked out, but it was almost too long. If I had to do it again with the same yarn and needles, I’d make it around 120-140 stitches long (will check gauge next time!) Its okay for me though, its unique, and definitely the only garment I have like this.
Pattern: “Earthly Delight”, designed by Suzan Lee. First appeared in the Holiday ’04 issue of Family Circle Easy Knitting. Also available in the book Family Circle easy accessories, 50 chic projects to knit and crochet. 2005. Sixth&Spring Books, New York, NY. pg. 41.