I had been wondering if I read the pattern right, since my general approach to 'reading' the pattern would be a lot more like general skimming of the pattern and last night, my worst fears were confirmed. I am putting an extra decrease in the outermost sections. The shawl is not the shape it is supposed to be. I know this because I put it on longer needles and laid it out flat. Where there ought to be a soft gentle curve, I have fugly wings.
I do not want wings so I have to undo and start the striped section over. I am heartbroken but not at all surprised, since I did not read the pattern, just a few lines here and there.
Its taking a bit of a time out. I found something else to do in the meantime.
It looks like this, with a little of this
Just a little garter stitch faggotting shaped into a very narrow seaman's scarf shape. I have plans.
P.S. The yarn is Patons Silk Bamboo, a longtime occupant of the scarf yarn stash. Feels nice, but very very heavy.