How to Knit Horseshoe Lace

A Classic Lace Pattern That's Easy

Horseshoe Lace
Horseshoe Lace worked over 21 stitches. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Horseshoe Lace is a classic stitch pattern that many knitters love to use. As the name suggests, this pattern creates a series of horseshoe-like shapes that run up the finished fabric. It has a great texture and looks harder than it is.

Use this pattern for any lacy project you want to make. It has a scallop on the cast on edge and is rather fun to knit up.

Horseshoe Lace Stitch Pattern

The Horseshoe Lace pattern uses many basic stitches and it's good practice of some intermediate knit stitches.

This makes it the ideal pattern for experienced knitters and even beginners who are ready to explore patterns beyond Stockinette and Garter.

To work this pattern, you will need to know the knit two together (K2Tog), yarn over (YO), and pass slipped stitch over (PSSO) stitches. Each is very easy and by the end of your Horseshoe lace project, you will have no problems with any of them.

This lace does make an excellent scarf in light and medium weight yarns. However, only the cast on edge will have the scallop. To create a scarf with scallops on both ends, use the trick discussed in the Herringbone pattern -- essentially, make two pieces and use a seamless stitch to make one scarf.

Works on multiples of 10 plus 1 stitches. For instance, to repeat the pattern four times, cast on 41 stitches.

Rows 1 and 3 (wrong side): Purl.

Row 2: Knit 1, *yarn over, knit 3, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, knit 3, yarn over, knit 1.

Repeat from * across.

Row 4: Purl 1, *knit 1, yarn over, knit 2, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, knit 2, yarn over, knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * across.

Rows 5 and 7: Knit 1, *purl 9, knit 1. Repeat from * across.

Row 6: Purl 1, *knit 2, yarn over, knit 1, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, knit 1, yarn over, knit 2, purl 1.

Repeat from * across.

Row 8: Purl 1, *knit 3, yarn over, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, yarn over, knit 3, purl 1. Repeat from * across.

Repeat these 8 rows for the pattern.

More Lace Knitting Patterns

Many knitters enjoy lace stitch patterns because they create a pretty fabric and are enjoyable to work on. If you're interested in exploring more knit lace patterns, check these out.

  • Vine Lace - This lace is very similar to Horseshoe, but has diagonal rather than curved lines. It also has a simple four row repeat so it's really easy to follow.
  • Fish Scale Lace - A large lace pattern repeated over 17 stitches, Fish Scale is stunning. If you know the stitches in Horseshoe, you will have no problem with this one.
  • Flemish Block Lace - The look of intricate blockwork is included in this fun lace pattern and it's a great option for a variety of projects.