Northern Stars Socks by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS socks for men with star pattern in ”Karisma”. Yarn alternative ”Merino Extrafine”.

Keywords: colourwork, nordic, socks
DROPS 110-42
Size: 38/40 - 41/44
Foot length: 23 - 26 cm.
Sock length: 58 - 65 cm.
Materials: DROPS Karisma
100-100 g colour no 01, off-white
200-250 g colour no 16, dark grey

DROPS double pointed needles size 3.5 mm – or size needed to get 22 sts x 30 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.
DROPS double pointed needles size 3 mm – for rib.


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.
Pattern: See diagram M.1 to M.4. Diagram shows the pattern from the RS. Work the entire pattern in stocking st.
Heel dec:
Row 1 (= RS): Work row until 7-7 sts remain, slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso, turn the piece.
Row 2 (= WS): Work row until 7-7 sts remain, slip 1 st as if to P, P1, psso, turn the piece.
Row 3: Work row until 6-6 sts remain, slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso, turn the piece.
Row 4: Work row until 6-6 sts remain, slip 1 st as if to P, P1, psso, turn the piece.
Continue dec like this with 1 less st before each dec until there are13-15 sts on row.

Sock: Worked in the round on double pointed needles. Cast on 68-76 sts on needle size 3 mm with dark grey. Work rib, K2/P2, until piece measures 13-16 cm. Change to needle size 3.5 and work 2 rounds stocking st, at the same time inc 2-4 sts evenly on first round = 70-80 sts. Insert 1 Marking Thread (MT) at beg of round. Work M.1 on all sts (= 7-8 repeats across the row). After 1 vertical repeat of M.1 work next round as follows: repeat M.2 on the first 65-75 sts (see start arrow for your size, beg by arrow and work towards the left in diagram) and M.3 on the last 5 sts. Continue in pattern like this. When piece measures 29-32 cm beg dec at the back: K tog the 2 sts after M.3 and K tog the 2 sts before M.3 into back of loop on every 4th round a total of 11-14 times (dec in M.2) = 48-52 sts. When piece measures 50-56 cm keep the first 10-11 sts on needle for heel, slip the next 23-25 sts on a stitch holder (= mid upper foot) and keep the last 15-16 sts on needle = 25-27 sts for heel. Work stocking st back and forth on heel sts as follows: 1 row dark grey, then 5-6 cm of M.4. Now dec for heel - see Heel dec. After heel dec pick up 12-13 sts on either side of heel and slip the 23-25 sts back on needles = 60-66 sts. Continue in M.2 on the 24-26 sts on upper foot, work 1 dark grey st on both side of these and work M.4 on the remaining sts. At the same time dec each side as follows: work round to 3 sts before M.2, K2 tog, K 1 dark grey st, M.2, K 1 dark grey st, K tog 2 sts. Dec like this on every other round a total of 6 times = 48-54 sts. When the foot measures 19-21 cm (= approx 4-5 cm left, try the sock on and work to desired length) work 1 round dark grey on all sts and now complete foot in M.4 (keeping 1 dark grey st on both sides of foot). Dec for toes on each side of the dark grey st follows: Dec as follows before dark grey st: K2 tog. Dec as follows after dark grey st: K 2 tog into back of loop. Dec like this each side on every other round 3 times and then on every round 7-9 times = 8-6 sts left on needle. Cut the thread, pull through remaining sts and fasten.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 06.11.2008
New chart M.1.
There was a white row missing in the beginning in the previous one.


symbols = off-white
symbols = dark grey

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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 110-42) for measurements and calculations.

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Each of our patterns has specific tutorial videos to help you.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

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 (29)

country flag Charlotte wrote:

Er det muligt, at du svarer på spørgsmålene? Andre har stillet samme spørgsmål. Dem svarer du heller ikke. Det virker ret tilfældigt, hvad du svarer

02.03.2021 - 15:14

DROPS Design answered:

Nu har vi svaret på 7 spørgsmål fra dig .... hvis spørgsmålet er om de passer på din mand, så ja hvis du følger opskriften og holder strikkefastheden, så er det bare at forlænge dem hvis målene her skulle være for korte. Nu lukker vi tråden. God fornøjelse!

03.03.2021 kl. 14:39

country flag Charlotte Sainsbury Theilgaard wrote:

Nu medens jeg sidder og strikker ribben, får jeg øje på, at I sætter fodens længde til 26 cm i den store størrelse. Jeg har nu målt min egen fod. Den er præcis 26 cm, og jeg bruger størrelse 36. Grunden til, at det risler koldt ned af ryggen på mig lige nu, er, at hele opskriften er til kvinder, således at jeg slet ikke kan bruge den til en mand, fordi det hele er for småt. Please sig, det ikke er sådan.

21.02.2021 - 10:50

DROPS Design answered:

Strømperne skal passe op til størrelse 44, men sørg for at du ikke strikker for stramt. De er lette at prøve undervejs og det er bare at strikke en ekstra cm inden du starter med indtagningerne til tå :)

23.02.2021 kl. 13:11

country flag Charlotte Igen Igen wrote:

Så vidt jeg kan regne ud, må det være 25 m oven på foden. Dels passer det med 66 m. Dels skal det være et ulige antal, så der støder en hvid op til den mørke på begge sider af overfoden. Har jeg mon ret?

20.02.2021 - 00:01

DROPS Design answered:

Det er helt ok hvis du vælger at tage ind på hver side af de 25 masker (i stedet for 26) det bør blive tydeligt når du sidder med maskerne på pindene.

23.02.2021 kl. 13:07

country flag Charlotte Sainsbury Theilgaard wrote:

Hej Jeg har lige et spørgsmål til. Efter hælen står der, at man skal strikke M4 over dr 26 masker oven på foden. Lige før står, at man sætter 25 masker af til overfoden. Vil du lige opklare det også? Tak for gode svar Charlotte

19.02.2021 - 15:29

DROPS Design answered:

Hej igen, det er for at få det midterste stykke ovenpå foden ens i begge sider, så du tager ind på hver side at de midterste masker, så farverne på hver side bliver ens ved indtagningerne :)

23.02.2021 kl. 13:00

country flag Charlotte Sainsbury Theilgaard wrote:

Hej igen Hvad gør man, når ens mand er mere end 170 cm høj, som modellen er? Hvor øger man længden? Jeg kan se, at ribben vil ende midt på min mands knæ. Det er ikke godt, for han har ski-knickers på. Hjælp Tak for svar

18.02.2021 - 21:40

DROPS Design answered:

Du har jo sokkens længde og vil du strikke dem længere så kan du altid strikke ribben længere :)

19.02.2021 kl. 14:13

country flag Charlotte Sainsbury Theilgaard wrote:

Hej Det ser ud, som om ribben er lagt dobbelt på billedet. Det fremgår imidlertid ikke af opskriften. Er den, eller er den ikke? Venligst

18.02.2021 - 21:35

DROPS Design answered:

Hej igen, jo du strikker ribben 13-16 cm ifølge opskriften, men det er selvfølgelig frivilligt om du vil bukke den ned :)

19.02.2021 kl. 14:11

country flag Charlotte Sainsbury Theilgaard wrote:

Hej Der står i opskriften, st diagram 1 er blevet ændret, men jeg kan ikke se ændringerne. Hvor finder jeg dem? Tak for opskriften Charlotte

18.02.2021 - 21:05

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Charlotte, eventuelle ændringer er rettet i opskriften på nettet :)

19.02.2021 kl. 14:10

country flag Jane Møller wrote:

Hej jeg kan ikke går videre fra Strik de 2 første m efter M.3 ret sammen, og de 2 m før M.3 drejet ret sammen (dvs der strikkes i bagerste del af m istedet for i forreste) på hver 4.omg totalt 11-14 gange (der tages ind i M.2) = 48-52 m. Kan nogen fortælle mig hvordan. Mvh. Jane

17.02.2019 - 13:50

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Jane, er dit spørgsmål hvordan man strikker 2 drejet ret sammen?

05.04.2019 kl. 11:57

country flag Manuela wrote:

Hallo, ich bräuchte zu der Anleitung Hilfe. Ich verstehe nicht, was „stricken Sie gegen links“ bedeuten soll. Vielen Dank für Ihre Hilfe.

27.01.2019 - 22:32

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Manuela, Sie beginnen M.2 bei dem Pfeil: Diagram lesen Sie jede Runde links nach rechts, dh nachdem Sie die letzten 2 M (38/40) - 7 M (41/44) gestrickt haben, wiederholen Sie M.2 ab die 1. Masche. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

28.01.2019 kl. 12:05

country flag Valérie wrote:

Bonsoir, Merci beaucoup pour votre réponse! J'aurais une autre question: en utilisant votre laine "Merino Extrafine", est-ce que les chaussettes sont moins résistantes (surtout au niveau du talon), qu'avec une autre laine, mélangée avec du polyamide, par exemple? Merci encore à vous!

25.01.2019 - 05:20

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Valérie, les pures laines (type Karisma) seront plus chaudes et plus douces que des laines avec du polyamide. Karisma est notamment souvent utilisée pour des chaussettes jacquard. Bon tricot!

25.01.2019 kl. 09:30

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