You’ll be as elated as Icarus was when Daedalus gave him wings with this fun to knit sock pattern. Tiny wings run up the sides of each foot, now it’s up to you not to fly too high or too low.
“Take care to fly halfway between the sun and the sea. If you fly too high, the sun’s heat will melt the wax that binds your wings. If you fly too low, the sea’s mist will dampen the feathers that give you lift. Instead, aim for the middle course and avoid extremes.” -- Diodorus Siculus - The Library of History
Worked in the round, Icarus contains written directions and a chart for the pattern stitch. Instructions are for both cuff-down and toe-up. If you feel inclined to make 2 in the same direction, that’s completely acceptable, or one of each if you’re feeling particularly topsy-turvy! Icarus features 4 sizes. You’ll also find a sock worksheet, so you know how to measure your foot to achieve a perfect fit. Icarus has directions for an afterthought heel, but you may substitute whatever heel you enjoy using.
The pattern is written for the magic loop method for knitting socks; however, the pattern notes do contain details should you wish to use double-pointed needles instead.
Skill Level Intermediate
Materials List • US1 (2.25 mm) 32”-40” (82-102 cm) circular needles, or size required to obtain gauge. If preferred, four US1 (2.25 mm) double-pointed needles, or size required to obtain gauge • Tapestry needle • Scrap yarn • Stitch marker (optional) • 300-500 yds (275-458 m) fingering weight yarn (will vary depending on the length of your foot and leg)
Suggested Yarn Sweetgeorgia -Cashluxe Fine 70% SW Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon 400 yds (365 m) / 4 oz (115 g) Colorway: Magician
Gauge 9 stitches by 11 rounds in stockinette stitch = 1”/ 2.5 cm on US1 (2.25 mm) needles, after blocking.
Size information 7 [7.5, 8, 8.5]”/ 17.8 [19.1, 20.3, 21.6] cm circumference.
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