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New Knitting Pattern Release: Dusk in the Desert Shawl

Just in time for the weather to start cooling off in fall, the Dusk in the Desert Shawl has re-emerged from the vault and is ready for fresh adventures. Read on for more information about where to buy the pattern, details and specs, an easy shopping list, and more.

A light blue, crescent-shaped shawl is draped around a white dressmaker's form. The shawl has stripes with eyelet texture and stripes of garter stitch.


Here’s where you’ll find the Dusk in the Desert Shawl on Etsy.


Here’s where you’ll find the Dusk in the Desert Shawl on Ravelry.

About the Dusk in the Desert Shawl

As the sun sets in the desert, temperatures drop quickly, and the sky fills with brilliant color. It can be helpful to have a shawl to bundle up in. This shawl is a crescent-shaped shawl with a simple, soothing stitch pattern that is perfect for summer vacation knitting.

This shawl was originally designed for sport-weight yarn and larger needles. It has now been updated for finer yarn and smaller needles, and it includes additional instructions and features that were not previously available.

A close-up on one side of a light blue, crescent-shaped shawl draped around a dressmaker's form. The close-up shows the tip of the crescent and the picot edging in more detail.

Easy Shopping List

In case you want to knit this shawl using the exact materials I did, here is a shopping list with easy links for you. Some of these are affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy something through those links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I will always identify affiliate links for you. Thanks for supporting my work!

Bad Sheep Yarn Fingering (affiliate link)

Chiaogoo US Size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (budget option) (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (fancy options)(affiliate link)

Dusk in the Desert Shawl Details and Specs

Here are all the nitty gritty details about the Dusk in the Desert Shawl including their dimensions, materials, gauge, needles, and more.


One size, adjustable. Sample shown is 80” (203 cm) wide by 17.5” (44.5 cm) tall at its highest point.


Fingering-weight yarn, 850 yds (778 m)

Sample shown knit in Bad Sheep Yarn Fingering, 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon; 462 yds (423 m) per 3.5 oz (100 grams), colorway Bluebonnet.


4” (10 cm) square = 22 stitches x 50 rows in pattern


One set of 32” (81 cm) circular needles in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 4 (3.5 mm)


One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends



Techniques: decreases, increases, garter tab cast-on, picot bind-off

A side-view of a light blue, crescent-shaped shawl draped around a dressmaker's form. The shawl features lots of eyelets and garter stitch for abundant texture.

If You Like This Pattern, You’ll Also Like…

If there’s one thing I’ve discovered in my years as a knitter, it’s that many of us have favorite motifs we like to revisit. In case you’re the same, here are some suggestions based on this shawl.

The Shortbread Shawl, which is also crescent-shaped and has a picot edging

The Baluster Socks, which use the same eyelet stitch motif

The Plenitude Shawl, another very soothing shawl pattern


Wednesday 30th of August 2023

Thanks so much for sharing this pattern! I think it’s really pretty’💯❤️👍🏻🎉🥳

Lauren Rad

Wednesday 30th of August 2023

Thanks for the kind note! I'm glad you enjoyed.


Tuesday 29th of August 2023

Why isn't there a place to PIN this Shawl pattern? I love it, but don't have the time right now to make it. I like two of the other shawl patterns as well.

Lauren Rad

Tuesday 29th of August 2023

Hi Beverly! If you have the Pinterest browser extension installed, you can pin any photo from any of my blog posts by clicking the "Save" button that shows up in the corner of the image when you hover your mouse over it.

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