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This is a very cozy shawl I made over the course of three evenings while watching TV. It's soft, it's warm and it's large enough to double as a narrow afghan. It took 3 balls of "Granite Strips" Homespun Quick and Thick yarn, plus part of a plain ball of Homespun Thick and Quick for the fringe, as I wanted it to be only the cream color.
I used a 9MM crochet hook (I gather that's about a 13 in the US) and chained 45, then used double crochet stitches (chaining two, then missing first stitch at the end of the row when turning) until I had it as long as I wanted, approximately 64 inches, not counting fringe. The fringe is 6 inches long, and the width of the shawl was about 23 inches.
This would be perfect for keeping you warm while reading outside on a cool day, or cuddling up inside on a cold one.