This design was inspired by the Eisenhorn trilogy by Dan Abnett, in which a beautiful young woman at a certain point wears a ‘cream-lace shawl’. That, of course, had me wondering - and this is what I came up with.
The shawl is worked top down from a garter tab, with multiple increases on the RS rows. The stitch pattern is a combination of yarn overs and decreases, set inside geometric shapes. It may look complicated, but it really is quite simple to knit.
Many thanks to Suuf for test knitting!
April 2014: update with a couple of fixes.