Knitted in a multiple of 14 stitches plus 8, this large-paneled lace pattern resembles horse shoes that are being stacked one above the other.
The difficulty level on the Horse Shoe stitch pattern is rated intermediate as it requires increase and decrease techniques such as yo (yarn over), ssk (slip, slip, knit) and k2tog (knit two together).
Multiple of 14 sts + 8
Row 1 (RS): *p1, k1, p4, k1, p1, yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo; rep from * to the last 8 sts, p1, k1, p4, k1, p1.
Row 2: k1, p1, k4, p1, k1, *p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k1; rep from * to the end.
Row 4: k1, p1, k4, p1, *k8, p1, k4, p1; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 6: k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, *p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1; rep from * to the end.
Row 8: k8, *p1, k4, p1, k8; rep from * to the end.
Repeat Rows 1-8.
yo (yarn over): wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle from back to front counterclockwise before knitting the next stitch. Then work the next stitch as normal.
ssk (slip, slip, knit): slip the next 2 stitches knit-wise, one at a time, insert the left-hand needle through the front of both loops and knit them together.
k2tog (knit 2 together): insert the right-hand needle into the first two stitches on the left-hand needle and wrap the working yarn around the right-hand needle as if you would for a knit stitch. Pull the yarn through both stitches and slide both stitches off the left-hand needle. You have now knitted two stitches together thus resulting in a right-leaning decrease.