From stones to pebbles to sand – the beach at the Rohrspitz offers something for everyone. The Austrian nature reserve is located on Lake Constance, right next to the Swiss border. I have already spent many hours at the Rohrspitz: waiting for the wind, kiting or simply enjoying the sunsets.

The flat sloping beach formed the shawl into a flat triangle. The stones, pebbles and sand were the inspiration for the texture.

The shawl is knitted sideways. Starting with a few stitches, increases and decreases are worked on the edges. At the beginning, two-coloured garter stitch is worked, which later changes into a more rugged texture with tuck stitches.

To get the most out of the different textures, I recommend using solid or semi-solid yarns.

The knitting pattern comes with three different bind-off options.

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Penny Lane Yarns Fingering Lane (100% superwash merino, 400 m / 437 yards per 100 g)

• 1 skein in Sabrina (main colour MC)
75 g / 300 m / 328 yards used for the sample

• 1 skein in Per Lei (contrasting colour CC)
80 g / 320 m / 350 yards used for the sample


  • 4.0 mm / US # 6 circular needle, or size to obtain gauge, at least 80 cm / 32” in length

Optional: 4.00 mm / US # 6 DPN (only one needle) for the loopy i-cord bind-off

24 sts x 44 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch after blocking


  • tapestry needle
  • 2 stitch markers


I-Cord cast-on

How to work k1(2)b & k1(4)b
Drop the first stitch off the left-hand needle and use the tip of the right-hand needle to unravel the specified number of rows. Then insert the left-hand needle into the live stitch, catching the horizontal strands on top of the needle, knit into the live stitch, working all those strands into the new stitch.

knit and purl stitches, increases / decreases, brioche, special cast-on (see also tutorial under pattern notes)

one size


depth: 35 cm / 13.75”
width: 158 cm / 62.25”

The width is determined by how loosely you knit the i-cord on WS.

rohrspitz shawl schematic

James Bartley

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