This is for Miriam, who left a comment on my Victorian Lace Shawl post (post from 2006), and I couldn't get an email address to respond directly.
YES, there were errors in the pattern but they've been corrected on the Elann website. However, there are still some aesthetic issues (in my opinion) and a lot of people have had trouble with the loose instructions in the pattern.
There is a group on Yahoo Groups, Vicotorian Lace Shawl KAL (I think--I don't have time to chase down the link) that has a lot of discussion about the pattern.
If you'll send me your email address I'll be happy to give you some pointers, too. Send it to kat at piecefulstitches dot com.