Im not sure about the size...someone once told me to use the hight of the person and make it that size long for a triangle shawl...so im guessing prob around 4' (ish)and some sort of meshy kind of solid pattern? with fringe....The fringe is what the girls liked about them in my sons class.
The women liked their shawls to be pretty but practical in the pioneer days, and the girls dressed like their mommas....so just a solid meshy kind of pattern.
I would say any color, but women didnt have many materials or time to make many shawls so most were made to match all of their dresses.
But these arent the pioneer days...and theres access to many more colors. so do whatever color you want....LOL
Id say definatly washable, I HOPE they wash them periodically, every tour that goes thro there gets a stop at the dress up barn...LOL
Worsted, cheap, yarn is best. These kids throw them on and then they are thrown back in a big box of dress up clothes...which is prob why they look the way they do.
I think its great that they have this option for kids to dress up like the people they were just shown about! Im makeing 2 shawls and I hope that someone can make a poncho too... im using the 4' theory. if you have a 6-8yo handy...try it on them or if you dont, just wing it...LOL The admin will be thrilled to get these no matter what color shape or size!!