This project is perfect for a novice shawl knitter because it is predominantly garter stitch and will not require much blocking to keep the fabric flat and even. The mirrored, plaited cables on the spine keep the shawl interesting and add a unique touch to the simple, ridged fabric. This pattern is available for FREE on my blog by following the link below. The free version is supported by advertising on my website. The downloadable pdf for sale on Craftsy includes includes the full pattern in one printable file without advertisements. This PDF is available to US buyers only due to EU VAT MOSS. Thank you for your understanding. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic knitting skills: cast on, knit, purl, bind off Knitting in rows Increasing (kfb and yo) Cables (C4B and C4F, with written instructions in the pattern) GAUGE 12 sts x 25 rows = 4" (10 cm) in garter stitch. Exact gauge is not critical for this project. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Adult: 51" (129.5 cm) wingspan x 27" (68.5 cm) spine before blocking.