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Sleigh Ride by DROPS Design

Knitted socks in DROPS Lima. Piece is knitted top down with Nordic pattern. Size 35 to 43 Theme: Christmas

  • Sleigh Ride / DROPS 214-63 - Knitted socks in DROPS Lima. Piece is knitted top down with Nordic pattern. Size 35 to 43 Theme: Christmas
  • Sleigh Ride / DROPS 214-63 - Knitted socks in DROPS Lima. Piece is knitted top down with Nordic pattern. Size 35 to 43 Theme: Christmas
  • Sleigh Ride / DROPS 214-63 - Knitted socks in DROPS Lima. Piece is knitted top down with Nordic pattern. Size 35 to 43 Theme: Christmas
  • Sleigh Ride / DROPS 214-63 - Knitted socks in DROPS Lima. Piece is knitted top down with Nordic pattern. Size 35 to 43 Theme: Christmas
  • Sleigh Ride / DROPS 214-63 - Knitted socks in DROPS Lima. Piece is knitted top down with Nordic pattern. Size 35 to 43 Theme: Christmas
DROPS design: Pattern no li-124
Yarn group B
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SIZE:
35/37 - 38/40 - 41/43
Foot length: Approx. 22-24-27 cm.
Leg height down to heel: Approx. 15-16-16 cm.

MATERIALS:
DROPS LIMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
100-100-100 g colour 0519, dark grey
100-100-100 g colour 0100, off white

KNITTING TENSION:
22 stitches in width and 30 rows vertically in stocking stitch and Nordic pattern = 10 x 10 cm.

NEEDLES:
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 3.5 mm: For stocking stitch and Nordic pattern.
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 3 mm: For rib.
Needle size is only a suggestion! If you have too many stitches on 10 cm switch to a larger needle size. If you have too few stitches on 10 cm switch to a smaller needle size.

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Knitting tension – See how to measure it and why here
Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here
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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.
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EXPLANATION FOR THE PATTERN:

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PATTERN:
See diagrams A.1 to A.5. Work the entire pattern in stocking stitch.

DECREASE TIP (evenly):
To calculate how to decrease evenly, use the total number of stitches on row (e.g. 64 stitches) and divide stitches by number of decreases to be done (e.g. 4) = 16.
In this example decrease by knitting every 15th and 16th stitch together.

HEEL DECREASE:
ROW 1 (= right side): Knit until 7-7-8 stitches remain, slip next stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch knitted, turn piece.
ROW 2 (= wrong side): Purl until 7-7-8 stitches remain, slip next stitch as if to purl, purl 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch purled, turn piece.
ROW 3 (= right side): Knit until 6-6-7 stitches remain, slip next stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch knitted, turn piece.
ROW 4 (= wrong side): Purl until 6-6-7 stitches remain, slip next stitch as if to purl, purl 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch purled, turn piece.
Continue decrease like this with 1 stitch less before each decrease until there are 13-15-13 stitches on needle.

DECREASE TIP (applies to toe):
Decrease 1 stitch on each side of middle stitch in A.2 as follows: Work until 1 stitch remains before A.2, knit 2 together with off white, work middle stitch in A.2 as before, knit the next 2 twisted together with off white (= 2 stitches decreased).

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START THE PIECE HERE:

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SOCKS - SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
Worked in the round on double pointed needles, top down.

SOCK:
Cast on 64 stitches in all sizes on double pointed needles size 3 mm with dark grey.
Knit 1 round. Then work rib (= knit 2/purl 2) for 2-3-3 cm. Knit 1 round while decreasing 4 stitches evenly– read DECREASE TIP = 60 stitches in all sizes.
Switch to double pointed needles size 3.5 mm and work A.1 in the round. When A.1 has been worked, piece measures approx. 7-8-8 cm. Work next round as follows: Work A.2 (= 3 stitches), A.3 (= 27 stitches), A.2 (= 3 stitches) and A.4 (= 27 stitches). Continue pattern like this. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When last round in A.4 remains (A.3 is not done), decrease 4-2-2 stitches evenly over the 27 stitches in A.4 (work the other stitches as before without decrease) = 56-58-58 stitches on needle and piece measures approx. 15-16-16 cm from cast-on edge.
Slip stitches in A.2 + A.3 + A.2 on a stitch holder (= 33 stitches on top of foot on stitch holder). There are 23-25-25 stitches on needle for heel. Cast on 1 new stitch at beginning of row with dark grey, work A.5 over the first 22-24-24 stitches on heel, work first stitch in A.5 (work so that pattern begins and ends the same way in each side), and cast on 1 new stitch at the end of row with dark grey – the new stitches are edge stitches.
Continue A.5 back and forth over the 25-27-27 stitches but work edge stitches with dark grey.
When 5½-6-6 cm have been worked over heel stitches, insert 1 marker in the middle of row. Marker should be used later to measure the length of foot.
Then work HEEL DECREASE - read explanation above (continue A.5 while decreasing for heel).
After heel decrease work first round as follows: Continue A.5 over the 13-15-13 heel stitches, pick up 12-14-14 stitches inside 1 edge stitch along the side of heel with dark grey, slip the 33 stitches from stitch holder on top of foot back on needle and continue A.2 + A.3 + A.2 as before over the 33 stitches, and pick up 12-14-14 stitches with dark grey inside 1 edge stitch along the other side on heel = 70-76-74 stitches. Continue pattern like this with A.5 under foot, A.3 on top of foot and A.2 in each side.
AT THE SAME TIME decrease on each side of the middle 31 stitches on top of foot as follows: Knit the last 2 stitches before the middle 31 stitches on top of foot together with off white and knit the first 2 stitches after the middle 31 stitches twisted together with off white. Decrease like this every other round 6-8-6 times in total = 58-60-62 stitches. Then continue pattern until piece measures approx. approx. 18-20-23 cm from marker on heel, measured under foot (approx. 4 cm remain until finished measurements, try the sock on and work to desired length).
On next round knit with dark grey over the middle 27 stitches on top of foot (work the remaining stitches as before).
Then work A.5 under foot as before, A.2 in each side as before, and work A.5 over the 27 stitches on top of foot.
AT THE SAME TIME decrease for toes on each side of the middle stitch in A.2 in each side – read DECREASE TIP (= 4 stitches decreased).
Decrease like this every other round 11-11-12 times in total = 14-16-14 stitches remain.
On next round knit all stitches together 2 by 2 = 7-8-7 stitches remain.
Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten together and fasten. Sock measures approx. 22-24-27 cm from marker on heel, measured under foot.
Work the other sock the same way.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 05.02.2021
HEEL DECREASE and explanation of how to pick up stitches along the side of the heel corrected.

Diagram

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symbols = off white
symbols = 1 repetition vertically
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Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS 214-63) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder closest to the neckline, and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (6)

country flag Cornélie Lallemang 12.04.2021 - 20:24:

Hallo ! Arbeite gerade die Socken und sieht toll aus Mir ist jedoch aufgefallen daß beim weiter arbeiten nach der Ferse etwas nicht stimmt Nach dem Auffassen der Maschen an der Ferse sind 33 Maschen am Fußrücken (A2+A3+A2 = 3+27+3=33) Und nicht wie danach angegeben 31 Fußrücken-Maschen Am Rücken bleibt die Anzahl der Maschen ja unverändert Liebe Grüsse

user icon DROPS Design 13.04.2021 kl. 07:43:

Liebe Frau Lallemang, so stimmt es: die Abnahme beidseitig von den 31 Maschen ist mit der ersten Maschen davor + der letzte Masche der 2. A.2 gestrickt: stricken Sie bis 2 Maschen vor den 31 mittleren M übrig sind, 2 Maschen recht zusammen (= die 2. ist die 1. Masche in1. A.2), 31 M wie zuvor stricken, die letze Masche in 2. A.2 zusammen mit der nächsten Masche rechts verschränkt stricken. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

country flag Mai Hilmer-Syvertsen 04.03.2021 - 12:08:

Det er en feil i oppskriften: Når man har strikket mønsteret en gang og skal begynne på en ny rapport, blir det kluss. Det skyldes at mønsteret på midten har en rapport på 14 omg. Mønsteret på hver side av midten har en rapport på 4 omganger. 4 går ikke opp i 14, det er enkel matematikk. Forslag: følg rapporten på midten og strikk hver side av midten etter hukommelsen. Dette gjelder forsiden av sokken.

country flag Melanie Walsh 01.03.2021 - 21:10:

§suggested correction needed - AT SAME TIME decrease on each side of middle 31 stitches on TOP OF FOOT AND I THINK IT SHOULD READ FOOT. translated the original pattern text using Google Translate also, viewing finished pattern, cannot see evidence of decrease on the top of foot, but think I can see decrease on bottom of foot.

country flag Thea Mårvik 03.01.2021 - 22:31:

Hei! Er det en feil i hælfellingen i str 41/43? Har tatt fellingen 2 ganger nå og ender opp med 15 masker ikke 13.

user icon DROPS Design 13.01.2021 kl. 13:46:

Hei Thea. Oppskriften er videresendt til design avdelingen, slik at de kan ta en dobbeltsjekk og evnt komme med en rettelse. mvh DROPS design

country flag Kirsten Buskbjerg Lübker 20.12.2020 - 15:03:

Er der ikke en fejl i mønster A3?8 Der bliver rod i starten af mønsteret, når line 10 og linie 24 ikke er ens? Det giver problemer når man skal gentage linie 11 - 24?

country flag Katja Welker 15.12.2020 - 07:49:

Guten Tag, hätten Sie für dieses Modell auch eine Anleitung für Gr. 46/47? Bin kein Profi und benötige daher eine 1:1 umsetzbare Anleitung Vielen Dank Mit freundlichen Grüßen Katja Welker

user icon DROPS Design 15.12.2020 kl. 08:45:

Liebe Frau Welker, leider können wir jeder Anleitung nach jedem individuellen Frage anpassen und einzelne Modelle auf individuellen Wunsch hin umrechnen. Wenn sie Hilfe damit brauchen, wenden Sie sich bitte an Ihrem DROPS Laden, dort hilft man Ihnen gerne weiter. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

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