Summer shawls are the best! Light and colorful and fast to knit because they are so open. They are especially great when you don't have to watch the pattern all the time, so you can knit outside in the sunshine (or in the shade of a big old tree, if you are sun-averse, like me). The Wave shawl by Kristen Finlay (available as a free download on Ravelry) is a triangular shawl that is a simple repetition of unpatterned mesh (she calls it Turkish lace, but I have always called it Fisherman's lace) with garter stitch bands. I used two skeins of Pima Lino from Queensland Collection (70% linen & 30% cotton, 50g, $10.95) in the peach/lime green/pink colorway to make a perfect size to trail elegantly around your neck. The shawl is on display in the shop.
Tip time: The pattern is designed to be knit bottom-up, and it reminds you to do your side increases very loosely. This is a shawl that benefits from a pretty strong blocking to open up the Turkish/Fisherman's lace panels, and a tight edge makes this difficult. I found that, sure enough, the edges of the shawl were too inelastic to block as much as I wanted. To my delight, however, the shawl took on a crescent shape of it's own accord (see the picture below during blocking). The original cast-on is shown with the blue arrow. I bound-off loosely so the bound-off edge (see the red arrow) was nice and stretchy. My Upside-Down Wave shawl turned out to be top-down, rather than bottom-up, but I love it! So.....my tip is to stay very, very loose as you do the increase stitches on both edges every-other row (for a bottom-up, triangular shawl) OR bind off with a needle 2 or 3 sizes larger (for a top-down, crescent-shaped shawl). Slay loose and have fun with this fun shawl!