The issue with the start of this shawl is that a number of stitches are cast on with a larger needle, using the long-tailed cast on and then with a smaller needle, you do a KYOK into each cast on stitch. This technique creates a nice effect, but isn't very stretchy. Casting on with a larger needle doesn't insure stretchiness.
I picked out the cast on stitches, maintaining enough yarn to weave in, using my 40-inch 000 needle to pickup the stitches. The stitches on my needle are the stitches from the first row. I then bound off these stitches with the elastic bind off and a US 7 needle. The elastic bind off is quite simple. You *knit the first 2 stitches together through the back loop. Slip the stitch back to the source needle, purl-wise.* Repeat from * to * until complete. Don't pull tight!!!
I would like to knit this pattern again -- with a smooth yarn so that I can rip out the cast on and starting section if necessary. I have a couple of ideas that might work:
Details of this project can be found at Fireside. The end results are quite lovely.
Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits. Pattern is copyright by Corrina Ferguson