Traditionally made from wool, a shawl can keep you warm when you're chilly and a jacket or sweater is not necessary. Wool is a good fabric choice since it can absorb moisture in a drizzle, or wick away perspiration on hot days. Women, children and even men have worn shawls for many centuries. You can make a traditional woolen shawl with a small amount of sewing knowledge.
Make a small cut into the selvage of the wool and pull out one thread from the fabric. Cut along this line so you will get a piece of fabric that is a perfect square.
Measure 1 1/2 inches in from the edge of the fabric all the way around the square and mark with chalk.
Stitch a straight line either by hand or with a sewing machine. This is to stabilize the weave to keep it from unraveling.
Pull out the threads that are parallel to the line of stitching to make a fringe. Use a straight pin to get them started, then pull them out. Do this for all four sides of the shawl.
Fold the shawl into a triangle and wear it over your shoulders.