Parasol is a very versatile pattern that can be knit in DK or lace-weight yarn. The DK version is perfect for cool spring days, while the lace-weight, knit in cotton or silk, is best suited to shading your shoulders when the sun is shining (rather like an actual parasol, in fact!).
Both versions are knit in exactly the same way, but the pattern includes instructions for altering the width. So if you'd like to knit it as a narrow scarf, you can! You can also wear it with the border folded down like a shawl-collar.
There are both written and charted instructions. The chart is laid out in lots of sweet colours for your enjoyment and ease of knitting.
Please also watch this video for a demonstration of how to work the central decreases along the edges: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BOV-6XTKOY
(Green) DK-weight stole:
Gauge: 12sts / 20 rows over 10cm / 4in in blocked ribbing.
1 lace repeat is 17cm x 9.5cm / 6.7in x 3.7in at widest points after blocking.
(Pink) Lace-weight stole:
Gauge: 20sts / 23 rows over 10cm / 4in in blocked ribbing.
1 lace repeat is 13cm x 6.5cm / 5.1in x 2.6in at widest points after blocking.
I learnt to knit over 10 years ago by watching videos on the internet. Now I design for a living. So go on, give it a go! :)