Crochet Pattern: Nearly Autumn Shawl

By Amy Yarbrough – 15 Comments
Autumn is the most enjoyable season of the year, in my opinion! Time to start thinking of working on fall puzzles while sipping on a cup of hot apple cider. Though it’s still a few weeks away, already we have felt the weather changing and I couldn’t help turning my thoughts toward the season! What I had in mind for this project was a small bandana-like shawl to accessorize a simple long sleeve shirt. Perfect for fall! If you use Homespun like I did, be sure to read the tip at the bottom of the pattern. It was very helpful to learn. Try it out and tell me what you think! Nearly Autumn Shawl

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 35” (89 cm) wide, 20” (51 cm) long

Chunky Weight Yarn (approximately 155 yards)
Crochet Hook M (9 mm)

4 dc = 2’’
2 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 2’’w x 2’’h ( 5 cm x 5 cm) ch 7.
Row 1: dc in fourth ch from hook and in each ch across: 4 dc
Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc in each dc across: 4 dc
Finish off.

Need help understanding the abbreviations and symbols? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart.

Nearly Autumn Shawl Front

Crochet Pattern: Nearly Autumn Shawl
Row 1: ch 104, dc in 7th ch from hook, ch 1, dc in ch 2 sts back, * skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 1, dc in ch 2 sts back, repeat from * across until 1 ch remains, dc in last ch: 68 dc

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn, skip 4 sts, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in previous ch-1 sp, * skip 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in previous ch-1 space, repeat from * across until 3 sts remain, skip 1 st, dc2tog: 64 dc

Row 3: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), * skip 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in previous ch-1 sp, repeat from * to last 3 sts, skip one, dc2tog: 62 dc

Row 4 – 31: repeat Row 3. You will be decreasing by 2 dc in each row. At the end of row 31 you should have 4 dc.

Row 32: ch 3, turn, dc in ch-1 space, ch 3, sl st in ch-3: 1 dc

Fasten off, leaving a tail about 8 inches long.

Cut 62 – 16” strands of yarn. Add fringe at even intervals along both sides of scarf. Please see the fringe tutorial: How to Add Fringe or Tassels Using a Crochet Hook

Tip: When using a fuzzy yarn, tie knots near the end to prevent further fraying.

If you run into any problems, be sure to leave me a message below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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  1. Dawn says:

    Really like this… Simple, but beautiful! Prefect fall shawl! Thank you for sharing the pattern!

  2. Cathy says:


  3. Martha Robertson says:

    I tie small knots in all fuzzy yarns…..have been doing this for years, works great!

  4. Linda Roger says:

    I’m looking forward to making the shawl for myself and if all goes well, I’ll probably make one or two more for gifts. My house gets so chilly in the colder weather; I know I’ll love having it around my shoulders and back. Thanks for the lovely pattern.

  5. Collette Griffith says:

    This is really more of a scarf than a shawl. How would you make it larger, long enough to cover the shoulders?

    • Hi Collette,

      My original intent was for it to be worn more like a scarf, to accessorize an outfit. But since the style is so similar to a shawl I called it a shawl so as not to confuse people.

      You can make it longer simply by adding more chains to the beginning. It’s a multiple of 3 plus 4, which means (for those who don’t know already) multiply any number by 3 to insure you come out even with the stitch pattern used, and add 4, which will account for the beginning chain 3 and the ending double crochet.

      I hope this has been helpful!

  6. Carole :) says:

    This is beautiful! My new dght-n-law would love this shawl-scarf. Looks like a mother-dght project to me (one for each of us) ~ :>)

  7. Mary Helen says:

    I’m a relatively new crocheter and I need a little help with some of the instructions. It’s the phrase “dc in ch 2 sts back.” I don’t exactly know where “back” is? Do you turn before you do it? I just don’t follow. Thanks for any help!

    • Hi Mary,

      Understanding terms and phrases does take time but you’ll get it. 🙂

      ‘Dc in 2 sts back’ refers to 2 stittches that you already passed and didn’t work into. In this case I believe it is the chain at the beginning. You don’t turn the piece but simply insert the hook into the 2nd stitch behind your last dc and complete make a double crochet. Then you continue working across the chain in the same manner. It’s like taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back.

      I hope this helps you!

  8. Mary Helen says:

    Thank you for your prompt response. I think I’ve got it! If I end up with the correct number of dc (68) I’ll know. Thanks again! Mary Helen

  9. zulema skye says:

    The numbers don’t add up in the pattern, or is it just me?

    Row 2 says I should end up with 54,but I think that’s a typo and should be 64?
    If 4 dc are decreased each row it would be 64, since row 1 has 68

    BUT, even then, I wind up with 66, decreasing only 2 dc each row if I follow these instructions.

    So…can you help me please??
    Thank you,

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