DROPS / 113 / 31

Archipelago by DROPS Design

DROPS socks in ”Merino Extra Fine” with cables.

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  • Archipelago / DROPS 113-31 - DROPS socks in ”Merino Extra Fine” with cables.
Size: 35/37 - 38/40 - 41/43
Foot length: 22 - 24 - 27 cm
Leg length: 18 - 20 - 22 cm

Materials: DROPS MERINO EXTRA FINE from Garnstudio
150-150-200 g colour no 15, light grey/green

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 CROCHET HOOK size 3.5 mm – for picot border.

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Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 170 cm and uses size S or M. If you are making a jumper, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.

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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. The diagram shows the pattern from the RS.

ROW 1 (= RS): Work row until 8-10-12 sts remain, slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso, turn piece.
ROW 2 (= WS): Work row until 8-10-12 sts remain, slip 1 st as if to P, P1, psso, turn piece.
ROW 3 (= RS): Work row until 7-9-11 sts remain, slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso, turn piece.
ROW 4 (= WS): Work row until 7-9-11 sts remain, slip 1 st as if to P, P1, psso, turn piece.
Continue dec like this with 1 less st before each dec until there are 13-15-17 sts left on row.

SOCK: Worked in the round on double pointed needles.
Cast on 72-80-88 sts on double pointed needles size 3.5 mm with Merino Extra Fine. K 1 round and continue in rib, K3/P5. When rib measures 3 cm continue as follows: * M.1 (= 3 sts), P5 *, repeat from *-* 9-10-11 times (M.1 sits over K3 from rib). Continue like this until piece measures 8 cm. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION! Now dec 1 st per pattern repeat across the round by P tog the first 2 sts in each P-section = 63-70-77 sts. Repeat the dec when piece measures 14 cm, but now P tog the last 2 sts in each P-section = 54-60-66 sts. When piece measures 18-20-22 cm slip the first 27 sts on a stitch holder (mid upper foot) and keep the last 27-33-39 sts on round for heel. Work reverse stocking st back and forth on heel sts for 5-5.5-6 cm. Insert a marker in piece. Now dec for heel – see above. After heel dec pick up 11-12-13 sts on each side of heel and slip the 27 sts from stitch holder back on needle = 62-66-70 sts. Continue in pattern on the middle 27 sts as before and in reverse stocking st on remaining sts. AT THE SAME TIME dec each side as follows: P tog the last 2 sts before and P tog the first 2 sts after the 27 sts on upper foot. Repeat the dec on every other round a total of 8 times = 46-50-54 sts. Continue until piece measures 18-20-22 cm from marker on heel (= approx 4-4-5 cm remain). Now insert a marker each side with 23-25-27 sts on upper foot and 23-25-27 sts under foot. Continue in reverse stocking st on all sts, AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 st on each side of both markers by K2 tog before marker and K2 tog into back of loop after marker. Repeat the dec each side on every other round a total of 3-3-4 times and then on every round 6-7-7 times = 10 sts left on round. Cut the thread, pull through remaining sts and fasten.

CROCHET BORDER: Crochet a picot border round the top of leg with crochet hook size 3.5 mm as follows, beg mid back: 1 dc, * 3 ch, 1 tr in the first ch, skip approx 1 cm, 1 dc in next st *, repeat from *-* and finish with 1 sl st in first dc from beg of round.


symbols = K from RS, P from WS
symbols = 1 YO between 2 sts
symbols = slip 1 st as if to K, K2, psso

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 113-31) 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 (40)

country flag Michèle Pedneault 01.10.2020 - 02:49:

J’adore ce modèle. Merci de le partager. Je tricote Ensemble les 2 premières mailles de chaque section envers, PENDANT 14 cm? Et ensuite Je rapetisse encore d’une maille chaque section et tricote jusqu’à 18 cm ( il reste 3 mailles par section. Ai-je bien compris? Merci pour votre réponse.

user icon DROPS Design 01.10.2020 kl. 10:25:

Bonjour Mme Pedneault, vous diminuez 1 fois quand l''ouvrage mesure 8 cm (= il reste 63-70-77 m sur les aiguilles et 4 m env entre chaque M.1) puis vous diminuez encore 1 fois quand l'ouvrage mesure 14 cm ( = il reste 54-60-66 m sur les aiguilles et 3 m env entre chaque M.1). À 18 cm, vous commencez le talon. Bon tricot!

country flag NAUROY Nathalie 26.04.2020 - 14:31:

Bonjour, je ne comprend pas dans le schéma si le jeté se fait entre la 1er et la 2ème maille ou entre la 2ème et la 3ème maille ? Pour la maille glissée, faut-il la rabattre par dessus les 2 mailles tricotées ? Merci pour vos réponse !

user icon DROPS Design 27.04.2020 kl. 09:16:

Bonjour Mme Nauroy, au 2ème tour de M.1, il ne vous reste que 2 mailles endroit, car, au 1er tour vous avez tricoté ces 3 m ainsi: glissé 1 m à l'end, tricoté 2 m end et passé la maille glissée par-dessus les 2 m tricotées (= il reste 2 m end). Au 2ème tour, vous tricotez 1 m end, 1 jeté, 1 m end (= vous avez de nouveau 3 m). Aux tours 3 et 4, vous tricotez ces 3 m à l'end et répétez ces 4 tours. Bon tricot!

country flag Kerstin 04.08.2019 - 21:15:

Det måste vara fel i mönsterstckningen , önskar rätt förklaring för att kunna fortsätta. Hur gör ni M1 - mönstret

user icon DROPS Design 09.08.2019 kl. 09:02:

Hej Kerstin, du stickar såhär över de 3 maskor i diagrammet. lyft 1 m, sticka 2 maskor rätt, drag den lyfta m över. (Nu har du 2 maskor istället för 3) På nästa varv stickar du 1 rät, 1 omslag, 1 rät. (nu har du 3 maskor igen. Lycka till :)

country flag Sylvia 27.10.2018 - 21:04:

Mallineuleen kuviossa taitaa olla virhe. Jos neulon M1:n mukaisesti, nurjan silmukkaraidan silmukat vähenevät kerros kerrokselta. Se ei liene tarkoitus.

country flag Helena 04.06.2017 - 12:36:

Hallo, werden die Ferse und die Sohle glatt rechts oder glatt links gestrickt? In der Anleitung steht nur "glatt stricken". Auf dem Bild sieht es nach linken Maschen aus, aber ich bin nicht ganz sicher. Herzlichen Dank.

user icon DROPS Design 06.06.2017 kl. 08:54:

Liebe Helena, stimmt, Ferse und Sohle werden glatt links gestrickt. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

country flag Leena Tiainen 23.09.2015 - 10:40:

Malli M1 on virheellinen: kavennat kaksi silmukkaa, mutta nostat vain yhden uuden eli joka kuvion kohdalla silmukkamäärä vähenee. Itse korjaan ohjeen siten, että teen langankierron myös ennen kavennusta.

country flag Evelin Saaremägi 28.06.2015 - 11:13:

Suurimad tänud Tiina Otsla, 29.01.2015 kl. 08:35 tehtud kommentaari eest!!

country flag Tiina Otsla 29.01.2015 - 08:35:

Mustri seletuses viga -1 silm kudumatta, 2 pr. kokku, tõsta kudumatta üle - peaks olema - 1 silm kudumatta, 2 parempidi, tõsta kudumatta üle. Nn. "valepalmik"

country flag Krista 10.06.2013 - 22:11:

Tere, muster on superilus aga mul tekkis üks küsimus. Kui ma mustri esimest rida (tõsta 1 s kudumata, 2 pr kokku, tõsta kudumata silmus üle) koon, siis jääb mul sellest reast järele 1 silmus. Kuidas ma järgmisel real õhksilmuse kahe silmuse vahele saan sellisel juhul kududa? Suur aitäh vastamise eest.

user icon DROPS Design 29.08.2013 kl. 15:47:

Silmuste arv peab jääma mustris samaks, seepärast tuleb ühel real kokkukootud silmus taastada järgmisel real õhksilmuse tehes. Kuna kootakse ringselt, siis läheb muster sujuvalt üle uuele reale. Põhiline on jälgida et muster ikka kenasti kohakuti jääb, mitte ei nihku ühele või teisele poole.

country flag Anne Luoma 01.01.2013 - 12:00:

En saanut tolla ohjeella näyttämään samalta, joka kerta vähenee yksi silmukka, tai sitten mä en vaan ymmärrä,

user icon DROPS Design 04.01.2013 kl. 14:38:

Missä kohtaa sinulla on ongelmia ohjeen kanssa?

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