This shawl/scarf thing represents my first time knitting with hand-spun, and it was mah-velous. The yarn is gorgeous and also nearly impossible to photograph. It came from Switzerland, via Kerstin’s shop, Authentic Fiction. I was hankering after some red yarn, so I did a quick search on Etsy and it came up with a yarn called ‘Tartan.’ Kerstin actually spun strips of tartan fabric into the yarn, adding a great deal of dimension to an otherwise very simple piece. You can see the bits of fabric and the scale of the shawl a bit better below:
The shawl itself is very basic:
Row 1: Cast on 1 stitch
Row 2: K, p, k all into the first stitch
Row 3: K
Row 4: Ktbl, then k, p, k all into the middle stitch, then ktbl.
Row 5: K3, place marker, knit to end of row
Row 6: Increase 1 stitch, knit to 1 stitch before marker, increase 1, slip marker, increase 1, knit until one stitch remains, increase 1.
Row 7: K
Repeat rows 6 & 7 until the length of the longest side of the shawl is equal to your wing span.
There are probably about a million patterns written up like this one, I think it’s probably the most basic way to get a rectangular shawl.