Many historic knitting patterns are not for the faint of heart. The directions can be vague and filled with errors. It is always nice if a previous knitter has "translated" the pattern so we can proceed with the actual knitting.
Here is a knitting pattern for knitted edging. It is from Godey's Ladies book 1867. The instructions suggest it for a bedcover. That's alot of stitches! I think it would be a great bottom edge to a shawl.
Sorry it has been so long! Lots of illness on the homefront. We are better now! Here a great idea for helping a non-knitting friend get started and and actually make a scarf. How to arm knit. From Lion Brand Yarn Get the look of knitting without using needles. Using the simple technique of arm knitting, you can make a scarf in just half an hour!