Reed is a common name for several tall, grass-like plants that grow in the wetlands. In many cultures reed symbolizes resilience and is often shown as an example for managing problematic situations effortlessly and gracefully.  I like to think that this shawl takes inspiration from and symbolizes the quiet strength and robustness of the reed. 

Reed shawl begins with a small cast on and is increased on one side into an asymmetric triangular shape. It uses garter and eyelets for the body of the shawl. The rows of cross stitches along the border and the twisted fringe bindoff  reminds me of the criss-cross patterns made by tall reed stems alongside lakes and streams. 

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SIZING:One size (adaptable) Reed Shawl is designed to be knit with one skein of fingering weight yarn. But if desired, it can be made larger, for which directions are included in the pattern.


49″/ 124 cm

23.5″ / 60 cm

YARN REQUIREMENTS425 yards / 427 m of fingering weight yarn.
YARN USED IN SAMPLESincere Sheep 100% US Cormo Wool Fingering 2-ply 500 yards / 457 m per 113g / 4oz.
NEEDLES USED4 mm / US 6  circular needles min 24″ / 60 cm.
GAUGE20 sts and 40 rows = 4″/ 10 cm, in garter st, washed and blocked.
Gauge is not particularly important in this project. However please know that your finished measurements and yardage requirements  would vary accordingly. 

NOTIONS1 stitch marker(optional), Tapestry needle.
TECHNIQUESElongated loop cross stitchTwisted Fringe Bindoff.