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Horseshoe

(worked over 12 sts)

Pattern:

Rows 1, 3, 7 and 9 Knit. 
Row 2 and all WS rows
 Purl. 
Row 5 Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to back, k3, k3 from cn., 6-st LC Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to front, k3, k3 from cn. 
Row 10 Rep row 2. 
Rep rows 1–10.

Note: this is a generic pattern for creating this cable. For a single cable it would be 12 stitches. In the example shown, there is one repeat of the stitch with 12 stitches are on either side, so you'd need to cast on 36 (12 + 12 + 12) stitches and knit 12 stitches before and after the pattern.

horseshoe

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES Click for explanation and illustration

cn = cable needle sl = slip
k = knit rep = repeat(s)(ing)
k2tog = knit 2 together RS = right side
p = purl WS = wrong side
st(s) = stitch(es)  

Stitch directions reproduced with permission, from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary: Volume Two, Sixth & Spring Books, 2005