I made one using this pattern from my LYS. I knitted it with Pary Ribbon Yarn using a 15 circular needle. My old problem was that slipped stitches - which were more than I care to mention - were a problem with the yarn being slippery! I did make sure I got them all!
CO 4 Stitches
Knit 2, YO, Knit to end, Turn
Knit 2, YO, Knit to end, knitting into Yo.
Continue Knitting 2, YO, and knitting to the end (making sure you knit into the yarn over each time.
Knit until you think it's wide enough, I used 3 balls of ribbon yarn to get it to the size I liked.
Good Luck!!! You have a lot of great ideas, I think I will write some of those down myself, couldn't hurt to have another shawl!