The air is suddenly crisp and cool.  Fall (my least favorite time of year) may well be upon us and it’s still August!  Tho’ I’m not a fan of Fall as cold winter soon follows, I do like the colors of fall and the transitional garments that often ease me into the heavier garments of the dreaded winter.

Here are a few patterns I’ve run across lately that will work up fairly quickly, will flatter most, and will fit into many of our wardrobes.

First is this freebie from Caron:

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For those of us with no necks, the cowl can be eliminated and a crew neck collar will appear.

Angela Lavonne Best led a Crochet-A-Long recently using a pattern she designed called a ‘Shawligan’.  This is a perfect ‘into Fall’ transitional garment.  Ronnie Titus made it in a lovely variegated yarn in a gray/black/white colorway.

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From the front, the Shawligan looks like a long garment, but the shortened back makes it easier for sitting at the office desk, sliding into the front seat of the car, and keeping the shoulders warm in Fall wind.  As you can tell on Lavonne’s site, it’s also a very flexible garment that can be ‘wrapped’ in a variety of ways.  The pattern is a free download on  Just sign in and search for ‘shawligan’ and you’ll find it.  Thanks, Lavonne!

And, when you’re around the house or office and just need a little ‘something’ on your shoulders, here’s a lovely ‘just enough’ shawl that will look great topping any outfit:

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Make this in any fall color, especially a muted ombre, and you’ll have a topper that people will want to steal right off your back!


  1. Barbara says

    I have a neck but it gets hot so don’t wear turtlenecks or cowls. I dismissed this pattern with just a glance because of the cowl. I’ll take a look at the pattern. Thanks for the comment about leaving off the cowl.

  2. Robin says

    Love those patterns – especially the first two – I’m going to make the cowl-next top for me, and the shawligan for my MIL. Thanks!

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