This is my version of the Vintage Shawl pattern from Runway Knits by Berta Karapetyan. The pattern uses ladders and drop stitches to make a really pretty pattern.
Modeled by Myrtle:
Close-ups of stitch pattern:
Close-up of reverse side:
In my version, I did a mock cable instead of a stockinette. At least I think that's what it's called. Row 1: K 2nd from needle, k first from needle, slip both off, k 2nd from needle, k first from needle, slip both off; Row 2: p1, p 2nd from needle, p 1st from needle, slip both off, p1. Etc.
I did this in Mirasol Sulka bulky. It's a 60% merino/20% alpaca/20% silk blend that is gorgeous and lustrous and lush, as you can see in the pictures; that sheen is not an artifact of the photos. The colors are Cocoa and Truffle; there are flecks of other colors in their yarns that give the tints a beautiful depth. I just sort of striped them as I felt like it as I went along. http://www.mirasolperu.com/sulkayarn.htm The Mirasol Ranch is something like fair-trade yarn, and it's a source I feel very good about buying from.
I bought it last year because I just knew it needed to live with me. I spent months and months going around and around about what to make with it; with such a bulky yarn, finding a flattering pattern for a curvy girl such as myself is challenging. Also, I didn't want to make something that would be out of style in short order. I finally decided that a nice cozy-but-lacy shawl would not be going out of fashion soon--well, ever--so that would be the best use of the yarn... Er...am I gushing? (Sorry I just really love this yarn.)