Thank you for your quick reply - I'm not sure if it makes sense because I not a very experienced knitter. Perhaps you can tell by seeing the first part of the instructions? Here's the basic pattern followed by the lace edging pattern:
Body of shawl
CO 3 sts.
Row 1 — Yo, k3.
Row 2 — Yo, k4.
Row 3 — Yo, k 2 tog, yo, k3.
Row 4 — Yo, k2 tog, yo, k4.
Row 5 — Yo, k2 tog, yo, k5.
Continue in this manner, working a yo, k2 tog, yo at the beginning of every row, splicing in the new skeins, until you have used up 3 skeins of yarn. Splice in the 4th skein and finish the row.
The lace edging is also the 'bind off' used to stabilize the live stitches at the top of the shawl.
To begin edging, CO 5 stitches with a backward loop or Wimpy cast on. Turn work. k4, k2 tog. This is a set up row. The k 2 tog is made up of the 5th cast on st and the first live st from the top of the shawl. Turn work.
Row 1 — Yo, p2 tog, k1, yo, k2.
Row 2 — K2, k-p-k into next stitch, k1, yo, p3 tog (this p3 tog is always made up of 2 edging sts and 1 st from shawl)
Row 3 — Yo, p2 tog, k6.
Row 4 — K6, yo, p3 tog.
Row 5 — Yo, p2 tog, k6.
Row 6 — BO 3, k2, yo, p3 tog.
Repeat these 6 rows as you work across the top of the shawl. When 2 live body sts remain to be attached to the edging, work into each one twice - in other words, as you come in towards the shawl, pick up the stitch from the shawl edge that was part of the last P 3 tog and use it in the next P 3 tog. [/b]