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Horseshoe Lace Stitch Pattern


The horseshoe lace stitch is a beautiful lace pattern you just have to try. It’s a little more challenging to knit but shouldn’t be too difficult to tackle. And if you are interested in knitting lace this stitch pattern is a great place to start. I’m sure you’ll be able to manage it, plus it will be great knitting practice.

The horseshoe lace stitch reminds me of a pretty chevron pattern as the eyelets zigzag across the fabric. It also creates a lovely scalloped edge which makes me think of a lovely lace shawl or simply a lovely scalloped edging or border.
Horseshoe Lace

This lace knitting stitch pattern will look lovely in things like shawls, scarves, hats, socks, blankets and well…you guessed it just about anything you’d like to make.

Isn’t it pretty? And I found some extra information on Shetland lace knitting so please feel free to jump down to the bottom of the page for the stitch pattern instructions or keep on reading if you like.


You see I did a little research on Shetland lace. I just couldn’t help myself. I’ve heard names like Shetland lace, Estonian lace, English lace and well the list goes on. The neat thing is, there is a wonderful history behind those names. And I wanted to find out more.

There all lovely and rich with history however since the horseshoe lace stitch pattern is a Shetland lace pattern I wanted more information specifically on Shetland lace.

And I found it…

Here is a wonderful YouTube video describing the Shetland Lace tradition and I want to share it with you. It’s not a how-to knitting video but rather a video describing and showing a time honored tradition that I now appreciate even more.

Shetland Lace Knitting Video

I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. There are so many wonderful knitting traditions and I love learning about them.

So let’s continue…

Horseshoe Lace Stitch Pattern

Skills required:

yarn over
slip stitches
pass slip stitch over
knit two stitches together (k2tog)


K, k = knit
P, p = purl
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl1 = slip 1 stitch
yo = yarn over
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
psso = pass slipped stitch over

The Horseshoe lace pattern is worked over a multiple of 10 sts + 1

**To knit your practice swatch you can cast on either 21 sts or 31 sts. I used 31.**

Rows 1 and 3:  (Wrong Side) Purl

Row 2:  K1, *yo, k3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3 yo, k1, repeat from *

Row 4:  P1, * k1, yo, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo, k1, p1, rep from *

Row 5 and 7:  k1, *p9, k1, rep from *

Row 6: P1, * k2, yo, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k2, p1, rep from *

Row 8:  P1, * k3, yo sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3, p1, rep from *

Repeat Rows 1 – 8

I hope you liked this stitch pattern. Would you like to try a horseshoe lace knitting pattern? Great!

I found a lovely scarf knitting pattern for you on the Red Heart Yarns website. It’s already in PDF form too so you can just download the pattern.


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