I wanted a shawl that was pretty, as well as useful and warm. This shawl goes with everything, and it is very practical.I have made it as presents to family and friends, as well as myself and my children. Everbody loves to wear it, so I have made more on order for some. I have gotten very many positive comments on this shawl. It is quite simple to make, and very beautiful to wear. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY To knit, and simple crocheting.