This will look well in any lightweight yarn that has a good drape, like alpaca, wool, silk, cashmere or mixes of these - to name a few. You might want to use a slightly larger needle for mohair. Pick a needle that will produce you a fabric you are happy with, since this is a shawl, the gauge is not something to worry about too much. I believe this pattern to be suitable for beginner lace knitters. The body is a simple stockinette and the lace chart is fairly simple, if you pay attention to rows with a double decrease. I would strongly suggest using markers for the center stitch. If you decide to use markers for each lace repeat, please, read carefully the instructions! The shawl has been tested in a variety of yarns, it looks well in solid colors, as well as in slightly variegated, tonal yarns and yarns with long color changes, BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit, purl, yarn over, single and double decrease SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS The pattern is calculated for 3 sizes, but it can be further adjusted, if desired.