This large shawl is an open weave stitch created on a double knit hand loom. 1x1 ribbing effect is same on both sides. You can double for a thicker scarf or single layer as a shawl. So versatile because it's light weight yet warm enough for a layer for summer nights or as a chic scarf for a European flair to any outfit. It's the first thing we pack in "our baggage" for the chilly plane rides.