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Icarus Shawl

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This shawl was originally published in Summer 2006 issue of Interweave Knits, then re-released through It is also included in the Best of Interweave Knits anthology. Please note that the yardage in both of Interweave's printed versions is underestimated for the average knitter. This shawl is worked from the neck down, using yarn overs on each end of each right side row to shape the "wings" and paired yarn overs in the center of each right side row (separated by a center stitch) to shape the point down the spine. These 4 increased stitches are added every right side row (excluding the edging rows), making each row successively longer than the last This shawl was inspired by a lace motif in Sophia Caulfeild's Dictionary of Needlework, first published in 1882. The top-down construction allows the design to flow downward, giving the feeling of feathers dripping from a stick frame, just as in Greek mythology, Icarus' feathers melted from their frame as he came too close to the sun. Because fit is not an issue, any yarn can be used and the pattern includes instructions on how to decrease or increase the pattern to get the desired size. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl various left and right leaning decreases double decreases yarnover knit front & back GAUGE 21 stitches and 38 rows per 4 inches (10 cm) square in stockinette after blocking SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 72 inches (183 cm) across the top, and 36 inches (91.5 cm) from neck to point. SUGGESTED YARN 1200 yards of Lace weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Jaggerspun Zephyr Laceweight COLORWAY Pewter

Recommended with this pattern

  • 1200 yards of laceweight yarn
  • 24" circular needle in size to obtain gauge (pattern uses US 3)
  • beads (optional)

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Miriam Felton Designs
Miriam Felton Designs
I started sewing when I was a toddler on one of those drilled out boards where you use a shoelace and sew the outline of a fish or a duck. Once I could wield scissors I started sewing dresses for my dolls. I added crochet when I was 8, cross stitching when I was 10, beading at 11, and knitting at 16. And I started binding books in college.