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Knit For Your Horse
 By Winniefield Park   •   23rd Jun 2018   •   2,345 views   •   0 comments
Have you noticed? Knitting is cool. Knitting is, apparently, very good for you. And, when you’ve knit something, you end up with something interesting for you, or to give as a gift. There are many mental and physical benefits of knitting, and of course things like crochet and other fibre handicrafts, after the initial frustration of learning the skill is passed. Knitting can boost your self esteem, helps alleviate stress and anxiety, improves focus and memory all of which help slow cognitive decline. Physically, it can help alleviate arthritis, tendonitis all while keeping your fine motor skills in shape. And best of all, you can knit for your horse. Yes, you can.



Fly Bonnets
One of the easiest things to make, and these can be knitted or crocheted, are fly bonnets. Why bother making a fly bonnet when most are relatively cheap? Many of us have horses that store-bought fly bonnets don’t fit. Horses can have tiny or large ears, broad foreheads, or short or long faces that an average size doesn’t fit. There is lots of different fly bonnet or veil patterns online for both knitting and crochet.

Knitted Horse Sweater
Knitted Horse Sweater

Blankets and Sheets
My sister once won a cooling blanket entirely hand crocheted. We marvelled at the time it must have taken to create an item of that size. Imagine a cooler made out of granny squares! The Icelandic Lopi lookbook shows a beautiful knitted ‘sweater’ for a horse.

Saddle Pads
Saddle pads and blankets can be knitted or crocheted in any size, shape and color. A method called felting, where natural fibre knitted or crocheted items are washed, rolled, pounded and so the fibres shrink together and make a thick mat has long been used to make these types of items. Padding for halters could also be made of knitted and felted bands, instead of the expensive faux-fur pads.

Reins
Looking at the pattern in an archived copy of Lion’s Manual of Worsted Work, I’m not sure if these reins are intended for a real horse or not. Worsted weight yarn is a medium weight yarn, so the reins aren’t going to be heavy-duty. They may be slightly stretchy too if the fibre is acrylic. But, you can buy wool reins, so worsted weight wool yarn may be what you would use for this project. You can also buy mohair reins and ropes. Felting natural fibres after you knitted them would result in a tightly woven textile that would have a bit of give in it.





Knitted Horses
Of course if you don’t have a horse, you could knit one up. There are tons of patterns for horses online, from tiny Amigurumi figures to hobby horse heads. And if you want an unicorn, just knit up a horn.



Stuff For Humans
Of course there are a lot of patterns for sweaters, lap blankets, bedspreads and other items with horse motifs. Riding mittens, with the pinky finger separated can be knitted and of course, knitted vests, sweaters and other apparel can be made to suit the rider. Someone with long legs may appreciate socks that actually go up to the knee under their boots. Or, helmet covers can be made to keep warm in the winter.

So grab your knitting needles or hook and get started!
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