As a general rule of thumb, I think it’s hard to go wrong with a few stripes. To illustrate my point, here’s the next pattern in my Advent countdown; Cameo.
I’ll keep this brief, since I’ve blogged about this pattern recently, but this is an asymmetrical, striped shawl, with a simple lace border and picot edging. I’ve knit it twice, once in three colours (above) and once in two (below). It’s quite addictive and surprisingly fast (these two things may be related).
As well as playing around with colour, you can also get interesting results at different gauges. I wish I had the patience to knit this beautiful laceweight version.