It can be worn with the opening in front or back, with a clip or shawl pin or open, giving you a wide variety of looks out of one shawl. This is a great use of a single skein of handpainted sock yarn because the pattern decreases in size from the wide bottom edge to the small top border, which diminishes pooling. This shawl will use the full skein of yarn!
The borders of each section of lace is a garter stitch, giving a nice delineation between the lace tiers. And the simple lace pattern is easy for a beginner to follow. Blocking is important at the end of the process to open up the yarn overs that form the pattern.
Pattern uses 440-475 yards of fingering weight yarn, a US size 9/5.5mm needle, and optional US size F/3.75 crochet hook.