Icarus Shawl

Oct 19, 2011
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Inspired by Faroese designs, this lace crocheted shawl wraps around like a great bird, with lacy wings and crocodile-stitch feathers for warmth during flight.

Designer: Tracey McCorkle
Finished Size:
27½" from center top to bottom point. 70" from tip to tip.
Yarn Brown Sheep Legacy Lace (75% wool, 25% nylon; 1500 yd [1372 m]/6 oz [170 g]): #20 golden sunrise, 1 skein.
Hook Sizes:
E/4 (3.5 mm), G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Yarn needle.
3 croc sts and 6 rows = 4" in croc st patt. Gauge is not critical for this pattern.

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jainca wrote
on Nov 26, 2011 7:10 AM

Beautiful Shawl!  Can someone advise on how to get the pattern?  Is avaiable in a book or as a download?  Thank you.


bellabonita wrote
on Dec 3, 2011 10:56 PM
bellabonita wrote
on Dec 3, 2011 11:02 PM
bellabonita wrote
on Dec 3, 2011 11:05 PM

Absolutely beautiful!!!! Inspires me to give this one a try!!!

Carol-Spr wrote
on Jan 15, 2012 7:00 PM

Yes, I would love to have this pattern too.

aconsinger wrote
on Mar 6, 2012 1:42 AM

Nice posting… I like it! Thanks for sharing. Keep on posting…

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Carol@196 wrote
on Apr 12, 2012 7:58 AM

What a lovely creation. This is the most beautiful shawl I have ever seen. Wonde ful design! Kudos to the designer.

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Joja43 wrote
on May 11, 2012 3:14 PM

This is the most beautiful shawl I have ever seen. Where can I get the pattern for it?

intoxyk8 wrote
on May 20, 2012 9:42 PM

I am VERY frustrated!!!  More than half of the Interweave patterns I've tried to use have had mistakes.  Some of had corrections posted on the web, but sometimes even those corrections have had mistakes.  Here's my latest problem:  The Icarus Shawl pattern states up front that you need two sizes of hooks - E and G.  The pattern begins "Ch 9."  Ummmmm .... okay .... with WHICH SIZE HOOK???  2nd problem, I'm reading on Ravelry that there's a mistake in the chart.  I can't find a corrected chart, or an errata page, or even any way to contact CrochetMe about this problem.

MsMerricat wrote
on Jun 4, 2012 7:30 AM

why is this shawl catagorized under Knitting?  If you look at the contents line up for this special issue it says Knitting. WHY?

LouiseO wrote
on Jun 10, 2012 2:17 AM

This pattern is beautiful.  I would also like a copy.. How?

MsMerricat wrote
on Jun 21, 2012 6:33 AM

I hope you will offer this as a single pattern.  I pick up Inerweave books at the supermarket in my area and they don't usually have the special issues. You no longer have any hard copy issues left and I really have no interest in dvd issues. Please offer this as a download. I would love to make it. :)

on Sep 5, 2012 9:36 AM

This is in the Interweave Accessories edition.  I bought the entire issue yesterday online.  Great ideas in this issue.


on Sep 5, 2012 9:36 AM

This is in the Interweave Accessories edition.  I bought the entire issue yesterday online.  Great ideas in this issue.


eypowell wrote
on Oct 17, 2012 1:02 PM

Really pretty shaw, but as I work on the left side of the shaw, I notice that the DC on the right side is the back of the DC. On the left side the DC is the right side of the DC. I may be doing this wrong, there is no diagram for the left side and don't like the difference in the look form both sides. Anyone have a suggestion,

eypowell wrote
on Oct 17, 2012 1:04 PM

Oh, by the way I paid $5.50 for this pattern, and I'm not happy with the results


crsrock wrote
on Oct 31, 2012 6:37 AM

This shawl pattern is lovely.  BUT I am stumped as well as some other crocheters.  Pattern calls for "E" and "G" hook, but it also says that gauge is not  critical for this pattern.  Well something is wrong there.  I used only 'e'; the 'gauge' is nearly right: 3 crocs=4". 

Eypowell mentions the DC on the right and left side of the work.  I agree, and it does not look correct.  I finished this shawl yesterday, and I am not happy with the look. 


eypowell wrote
on Oct 31, 2012 8:42 AM

I emailed Tracey and have not gotten an answer regarding the DC being reversed. I am now finishing the shawl reversing the pattern of wing 1. I have a few extra strands to sew in but it looks much better.

I do not appreciate purchasing a pattern with so many issues, Interweave should be ashamed to sell this pattern, does anyone check them out.


on May 25, 2013 1:47 AM

I love this pattern BUT I have  some problems with it. # 1 there is no chart for the 2nd wing. If I do it the way they have it you can tell that it is the wrong side. #2 they call for lace weight and a G hook but when I made this it came out kid size! It fits me like a capelet then the beautiful shawl thats pictured. I am so frustrated with this!

eypowell wrote
on May 25, 2013 8:00 AM

I finished this shawl and it came out beautiful, BUT! I had to work the second wing in reverse.  For the yard, I purchased the yard that this shawl was originally worked in, and worked it loosely. I do not have pictures because I gave it to my daughter-in-law for Xmas. But she was thrilled with the shawl and it was beautiful.

giftedmom wrote
on Aug 15, 2013 7:29 AM

This is a very challenging pattern....I would like to know if there are any corrections to the pattern......working on the wing and repeating row 3 as per row 7, the stitches according to the end of row 3 don't match with the stitches of row 6....please explain. Thank you, Cindy


ajax101 wrote
on Sep 9, 2013 10:44 AM

I bought this pattern from Interweave as a kit with yarn and it wasn't cheap.  It is a very frustrating pattern.  I noticed the hook size issue right away and, after Googling the pattern and finding no answer, I contacted Interweave, who responded right away with an acknowledgement but not an answer.  I contacted them again a month later and was told size E for the center panel and size G for the wings.  I was given two additional corrections for rows 12 and 15 of the center panel, but they weren't right, either.

After making the center panel and unraveling it several times, I finally figured out how the the pattern works.  There are several small errors in the center panel written instructions (the chart was too busy for me to follow except to double check the written instructions).  There is one very big error, which is that the last two rows of croc stitches on one side (don't recall which side but I believe it is the left) are not offset in either the written instructions or the chart.  You must be an experienced crocheter to work this pattern and work around the errors.  I should have been able to finish this shawl in a weeked a month ago, but for the initial hook size question and the numerous errors in the pattern that had to be undone and recrocheted.

I just started the first wing and am a little trepidatious about having to work the second wing backwards, as a lot of the on-line comments indicate is needed.  Otherwise, the second wing has the wrong side facing out.  Haven't gotten to row 7 yet, GiftedMom, otherwise I might have been able to help.  I'll post a follow up once I get there and let you know if I figure it out.  I found the chart easier to follow for the wing than the written instructions.

This is the first pattern I ever bought from Interweave and will think twice the next time, especially after reading other on-line comments about the problems people have experienced with this and other patterns.

on Dec 5, 2013 11:31 PM

Gorgeous looking shawl, but I agree with the comments about mistakes in Interweave patterns. I bought a pattern for a cowl. After undoing it three times, I made it up as I went along.  Nice result, but little thanks to the pattern. Obviously, no knit / crochet review of patterns before they are published.


ajax101 wrote
on Mar 28, 2015 10:40 PM

I finally finished the shawl and made a second one for my mother many months later with a different yarn that was just too hairy for this pattern.  When I had to undo (which I did despite having made it before), it was like picking apart velcro, only worse.  I corresponded with Interweave about the numerous errors.  They sent me corrections, which were incorrect, and I ended up sending them the proper corrections.  I was asked to give this pattern to my mother's frient and Googled it to see if they ever published corrections.  I still don't see any errata published for the pattern despite Interweave's clear knowledge of errors at least 2 years ago.  Pretty sad for such an old pattern and such a company as Interweave.  I assume they never read this site or something would have been done about it already.

I only wrote down corrections for the center panel.  I followed the charts for the wings.  The first time I made it, I made the second wing in the backwards as suggested by others, but I discovered that when you do that, you have to keep stopping and cutting the yarn.  Too much work.  The second time, I just followed the chart as is.  Don't know if the written directions for the wings are correct, but the chart seems to be.

Center panel corrections that I sent to Interweave and used to create the shawl follow.  All of the errors are at the beginning of the row as follows. (deletions strike out and additions underlined)

Hook size E for center panel and size G for wings

Row 5:  Ch1, sc, [croc st in next V-st, ... (this sc is on chart but not the written instructions)


Row 7:  Ch1,  Sl st across to next sc, ch 1, sc in same st, ... (this will offset the next row of croc st as discussed in the Notes section.


Row 12:  (the original instruction is completely wrong and should be disregarded. Use the following instead) Sl st across 2 1/2 croc sts to ch-1 sp in 3rd croc st, ch 1 in same sp, sc, ch 2, V-st in next sc, [ch 2, sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, V-st in next sc] 6 times, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) in each ch 3 sp across tail, ch 1, sc in next sc, [ch 2, V-st in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, sc in next sc] 9 times, turn--7 V-st left side, 9 V-st right side.



Row 15:  Ch 1, sc in first st sc, croc st in next V-st, [sc in next sc, croc st in next V-st] 6 times to tail, ch 2, (4 dc, ch 3, 4 dc, ch 1) in each ch 3 space across tail, ch 1, [croc st in next V-st, sc in next sc] 7 times, turn--7 croc st on each side.

I hope this works for you all.