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Mock Horse Shoe Lace Cowl

Mock Horse Shoe Lace Cowl
by Graciela Worth ©2012

This beautiful cowl created by Graciela is made with Patons Lace yarn on a Fixed 2 Fine Gauge Loom with 130 pegs in the round. 

For more of Graciela's patterns visit:  gracielandcrafts.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Materials:
1 skein, Patons-Lace – 19 wraps per inch.
A little bit of 2 yarns on contrasting colors on about the same weight as the main yarn
Fine gauge loom, with 130 pegs to knit on the round. Sample was done on Kiss Fixed 2.
Pick
Row counter, or means to keep track of row
Yarn needle

Finished dimensions: Width of the tube: 12.5” Length: 15”

Instructions for Mock Horse Shoe Lace:
Read all instructions before starting.

Cast on multiples of 10 stitches.
You might want to mark the loom, using masking tape, doing this helps to go faster and keep track of your place.

Row 1 and all odd rows: wrap for cont. u-stitch and knit off.

Row 2: Move loop from peg 7 to 6, and peg 5 to 6.

Now move loop from peg 4 to 5, from peg 3 to 4, from peg 2 to 3, from peg 8 to 7, from peg 9 to 8 and from peg 10 to 9: pegs 2 and 10 are now empty. Wrap all peg for cont. u-stitch and knit off, peg 6 will have 3 wraps, on this peg you knit 2 over 1.

Row 4: Move loop from peg 7 to 6 and from peg 5 to 6. Now move loop from peg 4 to 5, from peg 3 to 4, from peg 8 to 7, and from peg 9 to 8: pegs 3 and 9 are empty. Wrap all peg for cont. u-stitch and knit off, peg 6 will have 3 wraps, on this peg you knit 2 over 1.

Row 6: Move loop from peg 7 to 6 and from peg 5 to 6. Now move loop from peg 4 to 5, from peg 8 to 7: pegs 4 and 8 are empty. Wrap all peg for cont. u-stitch and knit off, peg 6 will have 3 wraps, on this peg you knit 2 over 1.

Row 8: Move loop from peg 7 to 6 and from peg 5 to 6; pegs 7 and 5 are empty. Wrap all peg for cont. u-stitch and knit off, peg 6 will have 3 wraps, on this peg you knit 2 over 1.

Repeat these 8 rows.
It is highly recommended that you become familiar with the stitch before making the cowl. The practice piece doesn’t have to be done with the same yarn or loom as the cowl.

Making the Cowl: The tube will be done on 2 pieces that will be grafted together. If using variegated yarn, you will want to end both pieces with the same shade of the variegated yarn; the length might need to be adjusted for this to happen. Remember the finished dimension is not critical, if you have to add one motive to have the colors match is fine.

Cast on 130 pegs using the long tail cast on.

Work 1 row u-stitch, 1 row of purls and then work Mock Horse Lace, for 24 rows (3 motifs + 1 row) and cut the yarn leaving a long tail.

Attach one of the contrasting yarn and work u-stitch for 3 or 4 rows. Take off the loom, either by binding off, or cut the tail of the yarn, thread the needle and run it through each peg (as a life line) and take off. I find the second way faster.

With the main Yarn, cast on 130 pegs. Work 1 row u-stitch, 1 row of purls and then work Mock Horse Lace for 81 rows (10 motives +1 row).

Cut off the yarn leaving the tail about 4 ½ times the width of the loom. Attach second contrasting yarn and knit 3 or 4 rows of u-stitch, take off the loom.

Graft both pieces together; being sure you line up the motifs, the grafting will not be very visible, it will be partially hidden at the neck.

If you need instructions for grafting please go to: http://gracielandcrafts.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/05/grafting.html 

For a free download. Weave in the tails and is done.

The following chart helps to keep track of what pegs should be empty on each row, you might find it helpful but you do not need to use it. It is done for any project that uses either Mock Horse Shoe Lace or Horse Shoe Lace. It has more rows than needed for this particular project.