This was such a fun knit! This shawl is constructed from the bottom up in a modular way. First you knit the first fan, then pick up stitches along the side of it and add on as you go. You just keep building the shawl upward. The last row of fans are sort of shorter and with more swift decreases to flatten it out. Then stitches are picked up and worked in garter stitch for a nice clean border along the top.
Once you knit a couple of the fans, the 'lace' pattern is easily memorized. It's a great project because you can just work on one or two fans or whatever time permits without being totally sucked in to a long row or complicated pattern. It also happens to be a free pattern ... I highly recommend that you check it out.
I used Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool for this project. It was really interesting to knit with. The texture is rustic but soft. It absolutely transformed in to a beautiful soft, lightweight, warm fabric after washing and blocking. I have always loved the color palette of Silky Wool and would love to knit a lightweight sweater out of this yarn. Here is a link to my Ravelry details for this project.