Cinnamon Toast

A large crescent-shaped shawl or shawlette/scarf worked from the top down with lots of texture. Perfect for a chilly fall afternoon at a football game or a trip to the local orchard for crisp apples and hot apple cider. Long tails make it easy to wrap yourself up in lots of cozy ways and there’s no lace to catch on apple tree branches or stadium seats.

This is a very simple knit - the only challenge is counting, but since there’s no lace it’s easy to drop down and fix mistakes. Other than the basics, you only need to knit in the back and front of a stitch and vice versa.

Sizes: shawlette/scarf (137 cm across and 33 cm deep) and shawl (172.5 cm across and 40.5 cm deep)

Gauge: 25 stitches and 34 rows to 10 cm in lightly blocked textured diamond stitch

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for simple textured shawl in two sizes
  • Charted and written-out instructions for stitch pattern included
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • 660 m of sportweight yarn for shawl or 370 m for shawlette/scarf. Samples were knit in Madelinetosh Pashmina (sportweight merino/cashmere/silk blend)
  • 3.75 mm/US 5 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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