I wanted to create a scarf for my sister who loves horses, and found a Barbara Walker stitch pattern named "horseshoe" (A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, p 209). I looked "around" (read "googled") and found this free pattern (uses a different version of this stitch pattern) and one from the latest Debbie Bliss Pure Cashmere pattern book. But they weren't quite what I wanted. So I created my own pattern incorporating the details I wanted. I used Ms. Walker's stitch pattern but changed the double decrease to one that I prefer. The length was made-to-order – it had to be as long as an existing French scarf that went round the neck twice with ends that stayed in the front when the wind blew. And if the scarf is wound around the neck, it can't be too wide or bulky. Finally, this pattern reminded me of hoofprints, not horseshoes – but the important part? She loves it. This free pattern may prove there are no (well, okay, rarely) new ideas. But even though there are similar ones out there, maybe another one to choose from isn't a bad idea? Click here to download a free pdf of the pattern. (Finished: Oct. 6, 2006) Finished Measurements: 4.5" x 80" Materials:
- Blue Sky Alpaca sport weight [100% alpaca; 110 yds/100 m; 50g skein]; Color: #516 Petal Pink; 1 skein; Color: #520 Avocado (green); 1 skein; Color: #008 Natural Streaky Brown; 1 skein.
- Blue Sky Alpaca Melange [100% alpaca; 110 yds/100 m; 50g skein]; Color: #800 Cornflower (blue); 1 skein; Color: #803 Licorice (charcoal grey); 1 skein.
- 1 U.S. # 4 / 3.5mm circular needle
- tapestry needle