Summer Dusk

As summer slips imperceptibly into fall, at times you find yourself wanting a little something around your shoulders on breezy evenings. Summer Dusk is a shawl-cowl hybrid, knit mostly in the round, that eliminates the need to fuss with ends or shawl pins. You have plenty of time to knit this up for the first chilly evenings to come — it works up quickly in just 320 m of fingering-weight yarn. A great project for that special skein you’ve been saving!

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

Finished measurements: neck opening: 58.5 cm; bottom edge circumference: 122 cm; depth in front: 38 cm

Gauge: 24 stitches to 10 cm of blocked stockinette stitch (both flat and circular). Avoid knitting at a tighter gauge, as it may make the finished garment difficult to get over your head. Knitting at a looser gauge will require more yarn

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 320 m of fingering-weight yarn. Sample was knit in Miss Babs' Caroline (merino/cashmere/nylon)
  • 3.5 mm/US 4 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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