This is a great pattern to knit if you've never knitted a shawl before. I found it very easy to understand, and as a us, you can use whatever type of yarn you like! You can find the pattern on Ravelry written by Stephen West of Westknits.com. He has a lot of great patterns, most of which are for sale, but this one happens to be free! You can download the pdf at the Ravelry link, westknits.com, or click here to download it.
Needle US 8, 32in circular (or whatever size needle matches your yarn, I used a size 4)
Yarn DK / 8 ply (or any kind of yarn. I used a Light fingering/3ply yarn) 3 skeins (654 yards)
Stitch Markers (it helps to put these around the center stitch)
What you need to know:
Long tail cast on
Purl (continental) Purl (throwing)
M1R and M1L
How to add another ball of yarn
Bind off or a Flexible sewn bind off
How to weave in the ends
CO 5 sts
Set up Row 1 (WS): K2, P1 (mark this center stitch by placing a marker on each side of it), K2
Set up Row 2 (RS): K2, M1L, K1, M1R, K2
Set up Row 3 (WS): K2, P3, K2
Row 1 (RS): K2, M1L, knit to center stitch, M1R, K1, M1L, knit to last 2 sts, M1R, K2
**Row 2 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, K2
Repeat rows 1 and 2, creating a stockinette stitch fabric.
**On every 12th row (on the WS) knit the entire row instead of purling to form the ridges.
Continue knitting until shawl reaches about 2 inches less than desired finished size. Then do the border.
Border Row 1 (RS): K2, M1L, knit to center stitch, M1R, K1, M1L, knit to last 2 sts, M1R, K2
Border Row 2 (WS): K all stitches
After the border is the desired length, bind off all stitches and weave in the ends.