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February 2010
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch in stocking stitch
360 - 420 yards (329 - 384 m)
adult medium
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water….

Part of a deadly sea monster double act, ancient Greek legend has Scylla lying opposite the whirlpool-belching Charybdis across a strait of water that gave sailors no end of trouble. The two sides of the strait were within an arrow’s range of each other- so that sailors attempting to avoid Charybdis would pass too close to Scylla and vice versa.

Accounts of Scylla’s appearance don’t quite match up as to her number of heads, tentacles, etc (perhaps no one stuck around long enough for a proper look?). But they all agree she had scales. And teeth. And lots of them. Pretty much like these toe-up socks that use slipstitch patterns to create teeth and scales a-plenty.

Poor Scylla. Rumour has it she was once a beautiful nymph who incurred the wrath of one of the Gods or perhaps Circe (never a good idea- always a shortcut to hideous transformation). But perhaps she’s nowhere near as fearsome as she looks?

Scylla was designed to showcase the colours in variegated yarns.

(If you’ve mastered Scylla, why not tackle Charybdis?)

(The mosaic of Scylla is at Paphos, Cyprus.)

March 8, 2014: The pattern has been updated with a minor edit to make the directions for the heel flap a little clearer.

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