Ok this one is so easy I can't be the first to post something like it. But here goes.
Here is the finished shawl.
All you need is 1/2 yard of 60" long drapey fabric like jersey or some other knit (or a full yard of 45" fabric) and the ability to sew one straight line. I'm not even kidding.
My mom gave me this shawl she got at a clothing swap. We were confused at first about what to do with it but after wearing it for a day I fell in love.
And this is all it is, a long rectangle with one side stitched up leaving room for your head.
The dimensions of the original shawl are 68" long by 23" wide folded in half with a 16"neck hole.
A half yard of textile fabric is 60" long by 22.5" wide. But don't sweat the numbers.
Here is my half yard to compare.
Then I just stitched it up leaving 16" from the fold for my head. I also lettuce edged the seams which isn't necessary but gave it a pretty edge.
And you can wear it different ways. Here it has the seam down the side.
If you don't lettuce edge one of these should take...maybe....90 seconds of sewing. I have made 3 already.
This is one with the seam down the back.
This fabric was $17 a yard but since I only need 1/2 a yard at $8.50 it makes a perfect gift. Thats right all the women in my family are getting versatile cowl neck shawls for Christmas and since the probably won't see this post whey will have no idea how easy they were to make.