I believe I’ve mastered the horseshoe cable stitch pattern. The horseshoe (or staghorn) cable is really two twisted cables side by side that twist in opposite directions. The pattern is also reversible. The left-hand cable has a CXF (cable forward x number of stitches) immediately followed by a CXB (cable back x number of stitches), while the right-hand cable is just the opposite, CXB, CXF. I’ve written a scarf pattern that takes advantage of this. The cable changes direction at the midpoint of the scarf. First you do the beginning border, then you start the first pattern which, after 12 repeats, transitions to the second pattern. After 12 repeats of the second pattern, you do the ending border.
The “cup” of the horseshoe cable always points to the end of the scarf because right at the midpoint, the cable changes direction. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but it’s just too slick, if I say so myself. The transition point is level with the bottom of my thumb on the right-hand part of the scarf. It has a 2-stitch garter stitch edge and a purl background for the cable. The scarf is only 16 stitches wide so it goes really fast. I used 2 skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA 4 oz/113 g, 64 yd/59 m, Color #217 El Paso Autumn, which is a beautiful mottled brownish gold. I’m really happy with the way the pattern works out. It’s intended for my mom. I hope to finish it today because tomorrow I’m going to finish the baby afghan if it harelips the governor so I can mail it to the little kid Tuesday on my way to knitting group — assuming I can cram it into the box I’ve got and don’t have to go to the UPS store and buy a bigger box (and assuming the roads are clear — it’s supposed to snow Monday). I discovered something interesting about that pattern I’m using, and the stripes — the little twisty bits that result from the yarn overs have both strands of the same color on one side, but the strands are different colors on the other side. Now I’m going to have to play around with the pattern and see if I can figure out how to get them the same color on both sides.
The color values of the blue and the green are the same, so it’s hard to tell the colors from the photos
Now I have to go clean up after the kitties and take out the garbage. My weather widget says it’s 36F/2.2C out and predicts a high of 40F/4.4C today with some kind of precipitation. Thankfully, the trip to the dumpster is less than 50 feet.