Horse Shoe Lace Cowl
- K2tog: knit two stitches together. A 1 stitch right leaning decrease.
- SSK: slip the stitch knitwise, slip a second stitch knitwise, insert left needle into the front of the 2 slipped stitches, wrap the yarn around the right needle and pull loop through. A 1 stitch left leaning decrease.
- sl2, k1, p2sso: slip two stitches together as if to knit together, knit one stitch, then pass the two slipped stitches over this stitch. This is a 2 stitch decrease, sometimes called a Central Double Decrease because the decrease is... central.😆
But our horse shoe lace cowl is very straightforward to work and is worth a go if you've never knitted lace. It's only 57 stitches wide and you are not adding any increases to change the shape - it stays a rectangle all the way up.
Our sample uses Gotland DK, our newest yarn from Nurture from Nature at Low Auldgirth Farm in Dumfries. It's a blend of Gotland and Blue Faced Leicester fleece and it has excellent stitch definition and a lovely natural lustre with a slight halo - Gotland sheep are known for their silvery curls.
- 2 balls of Rowan Alpaca Classic which will give you even more halo fluffiness and the cowl will have more drape.
- 2 balls of Rowan Alpaca Soft will be extra soft and cushy.
- Or 2 balls Rowan Summerlite cotton yarn for a warm weather cowl. Or 1 ball of Zauberball Crazy Cotton DK for a cool stripy cowl?
- 2 hanks of Socks Yeah DK. It is 75% Merino wool and has a strong smooth stitch definition that will really show off all the different types of decrease stitches.
- or 1 hank of Iolair Yarn Easdale which would be pure luxury.
- Finer weight yarns like lace and 4ply would be good with 3.5mm needles
- Aran, which is thicker than DK, works well on 5 or 5.5mm needles
- Chunky, even thicker, would be good on 6 or 6.5mm
Horse Shoe Lace Cowl knitting pattern available for download here.
Measures - 32cm tall and 30cm wide laid flat. Simple to modify size.
Yarn - we used 155m of Nurture from Nature Gotland DK
Needles - 4mm. Straight or circular.
You will also need a wool needle to weave in your ends.
6 buttons, 15-20mm. We used patterned shell buttons.
Techniques - cast on; work back and forth; knit; purl; yarn over; decreasing (K2tog, SSK and sl2, k1, p2sso); cast off. Abbreviations are explained in the pattern.