When Europe wanted the same as Asia.
If the history of shawls goes way back to antiquity, it’s towards the 17th century that they were introduced to Europeans, by way of the British, who had colonised India.
Usually shawls were woven in fine thread and edged in gold thread. The most luxurious were in cashmere or silk.
Each country has “their shawl”, some very colourful, some in lace like those from the Shetland Isles or in crochet, which the Italians favour. (italian pattern)
Now that knitting/crocheting has become a pastime for everyone…. shawls are very often part of a project, an accessory to be given as a gift or the final touch for an outfit.
It can be rectangular, in which case it is often referred to as a stole or otherwise triangular, a shawl.
It’s a failsafe and original pattern which can be worn at any time of the year. Advanced knitters use Garter stitch and size 5 needles and expert knitters a very fine lace stitch.
Tricot Studio has designed some for you and to help get you starte have also made some videos.
(Now, if we were in your place we’d choose to use the pure Merinos which we’ve just received, in black or pink..!)