Question on how to make a swatch

hello everyone. i’m trying to make a swatch in horseshoe print. i have no idea what i’m doing. underneath the picture of the horeshoe print it says MULTIPLE OF 10 STS + 1. i don’t understand what that means. i’m gonna try to attempt to make my neice a baby afghan in horseshoe print. i don’t have a pattern to follow for the afghan. i hope someone knows how to make a swatch.

When a stitch design says ‘multiple of 10 + 1’ it means that you can cast on any number that equals a multiple of 10, plus one more stitch. In this case you could cast on 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, etc., as wide as you want.

thanks alot ingrid. when i tried it i put 22 stitches on. i did one to many i guess. now hopefully i’ll beable to make the afghan. :smiley:

i’ve started the afghan in horseshoe print. i cast on 131 stitches. i did the pattern once then the second time i did it i was 2 stitches short. now i did it the 3rd time and now i’m 4 stitches short. am i doing something wrong. i followed the pattern to the T and i’m still stitches short. what do i do?

What are the stitches in the pattern repeat?

Horseshoe Lace (Knitted Flat - Barbara Walker, First Treasury, pg 209)
Mltpl of 10, + 1 edge st necessary at beg of all RS rows.
R1 & 3 (WS): P
R2: yo, K3, sl1-k2tog-psso, K3, yo, K1, rep from * to *.
R4: K1, yo, K2, sl1-k2tog-psso, K2, yo, K1, P1, rep from * to *.
R5 & 7: K1, P9, rep from * to *.
R6: K2, yo, K1, sl1-k2tog-psso,K1, yo, K2, P1, rep from * to *.
R8: K3, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, K3, P1, rep from * to *.

Horseshoe Lace Pointed Bind Off (Mutpl of 10):
Each point begins with 10 sts or Horseshoe repeat, and is worked separately, based on above patt, but with yo’s omitted.
For Each Point: (over 10 sts)
R1, 3, 5, and 7: P
R2: K3, sl1-k2tog-psso, K4 (8 sts rem)
R4: K2, sl1-k2tog-psso, K3 (6 sts rem)
R6: K1, sl1-k2tog-psso, K2 (4 sts rem)
R8: sl1-k2tog-psso, K1 (2 sts rem)
R9: p2tog
Break yarn and sew bead at end of point, as pictured, if desired.

Are you sure you’re doing all your yarn overs? That’s where I usually make a mistake and end up short.

You can put a stitch marker after every few repeats and double check to see that you still have the right number of stitches between them. You’ll be able to see where you’re going wrong. The pattern should work out with the 131 stitches, knitting one st first on the right side and then doing 13 pattern repeats.


Row 1-K1YO, K3, sl1-k2tog-psso, K3, YO, Y1
Row 2-Purl across
Row 3-P1,K1, YO, K2, S1-K2TOG-PSSO, K2, YO, K1, P1
Row 4-K1, (P9,K1)
Row 5-P1
K2, YO, K1, S1-K2TOG-PSSO, K1, YO, K2, P1
Row 6-K1, (P9,K1)
Row 7-P1, *K3, YO, S1-K2TOG-PSSO, YO, K3, P1
Row 8-Purl across

This version should work out math-wise, too.


hmmm, i don’t know what i’m doing wrong. i followed the pattern did all the yarn overs but still get short on stitches.

Did you use stitch markers?

no i didn’t.

That’s the only thing I can think of to try to see where you’re having a problem. Any way I figure it, you should use 10 stitches and end up with 10 stitches on the repeats, plus that one at the beginning of the row.

what do i use to make a stitch marker?

If you don’t have any, all you have to do is tie a piece of contrasting color yarn around your needle with a knot and then cut the ends. Just slip it from needle to needle as you get to it. When you finish a section, you can count your stitches between them to make sure you have the right amount. Start with one every 10 stitches if you want, and then as you progress you can take some off if the pattern is working out.

thanks i’ll try that. :smiley: