Flying Footlets!

What do you get when you mix a one skein of cashmere-soft yarn with the need for instant gratification? Flying Footlets!

Flying Wings footlet
(Flying Wings Footlet)

Why “flying?” Because the Flying Wings pattern is featured on the cuff and they virtually fly off your needles. It would have gone faster had I not stopped to pet the sock as it grew out of Cider Moon’s Glacier yarn in the “June Carter” colorway. “Soft” seems inadequate to describe this yarn. Here are some of my favorite alternatives from Roget’s New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition:

comfy, cottony, cozy, creamy, cushiony, cushy, delicate, downy, ductile, feathery, fine, fleecy, fluffy, satiny, silken, silky, smooth, spongy, squashy, squishy, supple, velvety, yielding

Yes, Glacier is all that! Since I’d purchased only one skein, I decided to maximize its sock potential with these footlets.

First, I split the 110 gram hank into two equal portions using my handy iScale. I had already worked out a method for adapting the 6-stitch Flying Wings pattern repeat for knitting in the round. This was necessary because the Barbara Walker Treasury primarily chronicles flat knitting.

With two size 4 US Addis at the ready, I did a long-tail cast on of 60 – L (48 – M) stitches, distributing on the two circulars as follows: 27 /33 (21/27)

Place marker to indicate beginning of round, then begin the cuff detail:

Flying Wings cuff detail

Round 1: K(nit)
Round 2: P(url)
Round 3 – 4: K

Round 5: Skip first 2 stitches and knit 3rd stitch on left-hand needle. Next, knit 1st and 2nd stitches, then slip all 3 from left needle. Slip 4th stitch to dpn or cable needle, holding the stitch in front of your work; knit stitches 5 and 6, then knit stitch 4 from the dpn. Repeat to end of round.

Round 6: K5, *skip 1st stitch and k 2nd stitch on left-hand needle. Knit the skipped stitch and slip both off left needle; K4. * Repeat * to * until last stitch of round, then K1.

Repeat Rounds 3- 6 three times, then knit 2 additional rounds to set up for heel.

Redistribute stitches so that each needle holds half of the total number of cast on stitches. Begin your heel of choice. I used a standard slip stitch heel flap and gusset, knitting the rest of the footlet in stockinette and capping it with a (mostly) rounded toe decrease. Easy, peasy!

What of Forest Canopy?
I have not abandoned this fun and easy lace project. Nay, verily I say unto you that I’m about one-third of the way done with the shawl – that is, if I were planning to knit it to pattern. Since I have approximately 450 yards of Diaketo Diamusee Fine (color 116) to work with, I plan on enlarging the shawl from 52″ x 23″ to 70″ x 35″ or until I have just enough yarn to bind off or my shoulder gives out. Either one.

I would’ve done a progress shot, but as I was stretching out the lace blob, I pulled some of the stitches off the needle (grrr!). I opted for fixing, rather than photographing, the lace. I’m sure you understand.

Nikita and RockyLast, But Not Least
I give you the gratuitous sleeping kitties shot. Rocky opened his eyes long enough to give me that “get outta my face with that thing” look.

OK, boys. Over and out.

16 comments to Flying Footlets!

  • Pretty, pretty. Just beautiful.

  • (absolutely jumping up and down with excitement) I have that very yarn! I have it! It has been patiently waiting for me, but now I think its time has come. Thank you for sharing the pattern!

  • Love, love, love the footlets! I’ll use some of my Glacier (maybe Go Go?) to make those for my darling Mayhem! Thanks for sharing. Now, go rest your shoulder, girl!

  • Anonymous

    Hi! Just your friendly neighborhood Sock Pal dropping in here! Just wanted to let you know that I’m starting to pick out yarn and pattern, so if you want to make any fiber or color suggestions, now would be the time. Otherwise, I just may take your “sky’s the limit” attitude to the max!!! : )

    Have a great day!

  • Love the anklets! I’m knitting some basic garter ribs socks out of June Carter/Glacier right now, and the colors are so bright and spring-y.

    I managed to get a pair of women’s size 9 ribbed socks (with a 7″ leg, no less) out of one skein of Glacier, so the yarn really does go quite far. I used the free Cider Moon Campfire Socks pattern with size 3 dpns. I even had a bit of yarn left over.

  • I love that anklet….great!!

    Cute kitty photo too!!

  • You are such a busy girl!!
    LOVE the footies, the bee pattern, and the canopy shawl. .

    and still staring amazedly at my blanket seed 😎

    Cute kitties!
    Luv T

  • I love the yarn colors! They look so pretty together.

  • I love the footies, I’m glad the shawl is going well and that is one of the cutest pics of the kitty men EVER!

  • Jen

    The socks look great! And I can’t wait to see the Shawl. I made mine to the size in the pattern, and I do wish it was a little bigger. I am glad you are making it a little bigger! 🙂

  • Love the footlets – may have to give your pattern a try with one of the hand dyed skeins in my stash 🙂

  • The footlets are darling!! To quote a co-worker who was admiring your green/purple/yellow handiwork on my feet, “I would go out and pay MONEY for those!!”

    And no shot of those boys is EVER gratuitous as far as I’m concerned!

  • The footlets are darling! I sympathize with your plight re: photographing lace in progress. I’m constantly battling with the perfect shot of shawls on the needles. And that’s a darling shot of your boys!

  • The footlets look great and I hope the Forest Canopy is back on track.

  • Bee

    I just knit socks out of Glacier’s June Carter too. Isn’t it such a pretty yarn! I love that footlet. I have a thing for anklets but have not yet knit one. Thanks for posting the pattern.

  • Yay for instant gratification. cute.