Thanks! Lace knitting really isn't that hard. It's broken down into strategically placed yarn overs and decreases. This shawl wouldn't be good for a beginner, because the directions are a bit vague in a few, sometimes crucial, areas. Try the Branching Out Scarf from www.knitty.com
, or maybe Cheryl Oblere's Kimono Shawl from her book Folk Shawls
. Elizabeth Zimmermann's Pi Shawl (pattern available from Schoolhouse press for $1).