I am a novice knitter. I have yet to go much beyond scarves, dishcloths and the like because, well, I am a chicken, but I really want to make this. I got it from an acquaintance and apparently it is based on a historical pattern. Basically it is a shawl/hug me tight sort of thing. However, I cannot make much of the pattern, other than how to do basket stitch- of which I was already well able to do. So if anyone can help, and explain this in the usual knitting pattern type of way, and perhaps for novice knitters, I would be forever grateful!
The pattern reads:
"Cast on 35 stitches on 5mm needles, work in basket stitch (then tells how to do so)
These first rows form the pattern and are repeated thus forming the blocks.
Widen with on (I am assuming this was a typo and was meant to be read "one") stitch at the beginning of each line. Knit up 18 blocks, then divide the blocks so that 5 are left in the middle and an equal number on each side.
Blind off (obviously was meant to read "bind" but I am writing it here as I have it) the 5 middle blocks and knit up one front, narrowing on stitch on the inside every fourth line for 6 blocks, narrow every other line for the next 6 blocks. Then narrow every line until you come to a point.
For the border on the outside edge, cast on 10 stitches and knit plain for the distance around and sew on. For the neck border, cast on 8 stitches and knit plain for the distance from point. Up around neck and down the other point and sew on.
Put loop on each point and button on each corner in back. Cross point in front and button."