In high school and then again in grad school, my favorite place was a tiny little narrow bistro called Cafe Trieste, with a deck in the back overlooking the creek. The people watching was fabulous, and a warm but simple wrap to throw dramatically over one’s shoulder would have been just the thing.
In designing Trieste, I strove for simple elegance, both in the knitting and the wearing. The shawl begins with one stitch at the bottom of the triangle, and increases one stitch at the beginning of each row. By the end of the second repeat, I had memorized the stitch pattern. I took the shawls with me to swim practices, where they served as both a lap blanket and employment for fidgety hands!
The two versions, one in garter stitch and one in beaded stockinette stitch serve two very different purposes in your wardrobe, but both are wonderfully simple to knit! I have included dimensions for one, two and three balls of yarn, and
since you are knitting from the bottom up, you can stop wherever you wish!