Hint of Autumn

This is the perfect piece for the early mornings that give the first hint of the colder seasons coming on. A shawl-cowl hybrid that gives the look of a shawl draped kerchief-style around the neck without the bulk or fiddly ends, Hint of Autumn is just the thing for a slight fall chill and knits up quickly in sport-weight yarn.

Skills required: increasing, decreasing, yarn overs, working in the round

Finished measurements: neck opening: 63.5 cm; bottom edge circumference: 132 cm; depth in front: 43 cm

Gauge: 22 stitches to 10 cm of gently blocked stockinette stitch (both flat and circular). Gauge is not critical but will affect the finished size and the meterage required

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 lace cowl-shawl hybrid
  • Charts included
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 330 m of sport-weight yarn. Sample was knit in Madelinetosh Pashmina (merino/cashmere/silk)
  • 3.75 mm/US 5 60 cm circular 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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