Edison by Lynn Di Cristina is a newer free pattern that has a lot of positive elements. It's an easy knit, perfect for visiting or tv watching.
It also allows you you use three 50 gram balls of fingering or sock yarn in different colors, and I don't know about you, but I have a selection to choose from in my stash.
I used less than a ball of Pace Step (220 yds) in purple, an odd ball of thrift store wool in pink, and about 3/4 of a ball of Nature Spun Fingering in navy. Because the navy comes in a larger 310-yard skein, I knew I'd have enough for a picot bind off. This detail is not specified in the pattern, but I like the addition.
The shawl is large and crescent-shaped which makes for versatile wearing.