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

tapestry needle, 2 stitch markers

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

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.

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


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.

James Bartley