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My Latest Design for KnitCrate: The Dusk in the Desert Shawl

This month, I released a new shawl pattern with the crew at KnitCrate. If you’re in the mood for a crescent-shaped shawl with lots of drape and a simple lace stripe, you’ll love the Dusk in the Desert Shawl.

Read on for details, inspiration, links, and more.

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The Dusk in the Desert Shawl, a red and yellow variegated shawl in a semicircular shape, is draped around the shoulders of a white dressmaker's form. It is wrapped several times so that the ends do not dangle.

Pattern Links – Where to Buy the Pattern for the Dusk in the Desert Shawl

Knitcrate Website: Click this link to find the pattern on Knitcrate’s website. (affiliate link)

Ravelry: Click this link to find the pattern on Ravelry.

Special Discounts

The Knitcrate team has kindly given me a discount code to share with you all. You can use my code BEEINBONNET, which is is good for $40 off the first month of any of the subscription crates for new subscribers (shipping will apply) and a one-time 20% off in the KnitCrate shop. New subscribers will also receive another coupon $40 off coupon after 3 months of continuing their subscription that can be used towards their 4th month. Click this link to access the KnitCrate store (affiliate link).

The Dusk in the Desert Shawl, a red shawl knit in a semicircular shape, is draped around the shoulders of a woman with long, black hair. She is photographed from the back and looking to her right.


When the team at KnitCrate reached out about this project, they told me it was part of a crate inspired by the Valley of Fire in Nevada, which is known for having truly spectacular sunsets.

Desert sunsets always make me think of stripes. There are stripes in the sky from the beautiful colors of the sunset, of course, but there are also stripes in the earth. The setting sun highlights the soil gradations and rocky outcroppings, bringing out their natural colors and sharpening the textures.

With those stripes in mind, I created this semicircular shawl with stripes of garter stitch and simple eyelets. It’s a mellow, relaxing knit with a stitch pattern you’ll easily memorize.

A close-up on the Dusk in the Desert Shawl, which shows its simple eyelet stripes and picot bind-off.

Pattern Specs

Skill Level: Intermediate

Notions: Stitch markers (2), tapestry needle

Finished Measurements:
Adjustable to knitter’s preferences. Sample shown is 18” (46 cm) tall at tallest point and 65” (165 cm) wide.

Yarn Needed:
740 yds (677 m) sport weight yarn

Sample Shown Knit In:
LL Yarn Co. Canyon
Colorway: Valley of Fire

This yarn is available as part of the July 2022 KnitCrate LL Yarn Co. Quarterly Retreat Club subscription.

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