DROPS / 117 / 12

Elegant Socks by DROPS Design

Long DROPS socks in ”Fabel” with cables, lace pattern and silk ribbon.

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  • Elegant Socks / DROPS 117-12 - Long DROPS socks in ”Fabel” with cables, lace pattern and silk ribbon.
DROPS design: Pattern no FA-092

5/6½ - 7½/9 – 9½/10½ (US sizes)
35/37 - 38/40 – 41/43 (EU sizes)

Foot length: 22-24-27 cm /8¾”-9½”-10 5/8”
Leg length: 54-56-58 cm /21 1/4"-22"-22 3/4"

Materials: DROPS FABEL from Garnstudio
200-250-250 g for all sizes color no 200, gray.

200 cm / 80" black silk ribbon, width 10 mm /3/8".

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES and CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 cm / 16'') size 2.5 mm/US 1 – or size needed to get 26 sts x 34 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''.

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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. 5 ft 7 in and uses size S or M. If you are making a sweater, 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 American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
See diagram M.1 and M.2, diagram is seen from RS.

Row 1 (= RS): Work row until 5-7-7 sts remain, K2 tog into back of loop, turn piece.
Row 2 (= WS): Work row until 5-7-7 sts remain, P2 tog, turn piece.
Row 3 (= RS): Work row until 4-6-6 sts remain, K2 tog into back of loop, turn piece.
Row 4 (= WS): Work row until 4-6-6 sts remain, P2 tog, turn piece.
Continue dec like this with 1 less st before each dec until there are 13-15-15 sts on needle.


SOCKS: Worked in the round on circular needle and double pointed needles. Cast on 152-171-190 sts on circular needle size 2.5 mm / US 1 with Fabel. K 1 round and continue in M.1a and M.2a alternately across the round. After M.1a and M.2a there are 104-117-130 sts on needle and piece measures approx 9 cm / 3½''. Continue with M.1b over M.1a and M.2b over M.2a. REMEMBER THE GAUGE!

When piece measures 20 cm / 8'' dec every other P-section from P3 to P2 = 96-108-120 sts. When piece measures 25 cm / 9 3/4'' dec remaining P-sections from P3 to P2 = 88-99-110 sts. When piece measures 30 cm / 11 3/4" dec every other P-section from P2 to P1 = 80-90-100 sts and When piece measures 35 cm / 13 3/4" dec remaining P2 to P1 = 72-81-90 sts. Change to double pointed needles when sts no longer fits circular needle. Continue until piece measures approx 54-56-58 cm / 21 1/4"-22"-22 3/4". Now slip the first 39-39-48 sts on a stitch holder (= mid upper foot) and keep the remaining 33-42-42 sts on needle for heel. Work stockinette st back and forth on needle on heel sts, AT THE SAME TIME on first row from RS K2 tog on all sts on all cables = 21-27-27 sts. When heel measures 5-5.5-6 cm / 2''-2¼''-2 3/8'' insert a marker in piece. Now work HEEL DECREASES – see above.
After heel dec pick up 13-14-16 sts each side of heel and slip the 39-39-48 sts from stitch holder back on needle = 78-82-95 sts. Continue in pattern as before on the 39-39-48 sts on upper foot and stockinette st on remaining sts. AT THE SAME TIME dec each side as follows: K into back of loop the 2 last sts BEFORE the 39-39-48 sts on upper foot and K tog the 2 first sts AFTER the 39-39-48 sts on upper foot. Repeat the dec on every other round a total of 6-6-9 times = 66-70-77 sts. Continue until piece measures 18-19-22 cm / 7"-7½"-8 3/4" from marker on heel (= approx 4-5-5 cm / 1½"-2"-2" remain). K 1 round stockinette st on all sts, AT THE SAME TIME K2 tog on all sts on all cables = 54-58-62 sts. Insert a marker each side with 27-29-31 sts on upper foot and under foot. Continue in stockinette st, AT THE SAME TIME dec for toes each side of both markers as follows: BEFORE marker: K2 tog. AFTER marker: K2 tog into back of loop.
Repeat the dec on every other round a total of 4-4-4 times and then on every round 7-8-9 times = 10 sts left on needle. Cut the thread, pull it through remaining sts, tighten and fasten.

Pull the silk ribbon through the eyelet row approx 9 cm / 3½'' from the top.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = K
symbols = P
symbols = slip 3 sts on cable needle in front of piece, K3, K3 from cable needle
symbols = 1 YO, slip 1 st as if to K, K2 tog, psso, 1 YO
symbols = slip 1 st as if to K, K2 tog, psso
symbols = K2 tog, 1 YO

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 117-12) 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 (usually 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.

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 (72)

country flag Marit 11.01.2019 - 20:14:

Ik ben met 190 steken begonnen. Daarna moet ik beginnen met patroon M1a en M2a. Moet ik dan bij naalden 3 en 5 minderen? Dan zou ik per naald 20 steken minderen, totaal 40, en dan kom ik niet uit op 130 steken, want in de overige naalden hoeft niet geminderd te worden. Of lees ik het patroon dan verkeerd? Alvast bedankt voor de hulp!

user icon DROPS Design 13.01.2019 kl. 10:06:

Dag Marit,

M.1a en M.2a hebben samen 19 steken, dus je breit 10 herhalingen in de breedte (= 190 steken) Na een hele herhaling in de hoogte heb je 6 steken per herhaling in de breedte geminderd, dus in totaal (6 x 10) 60 steken en dan kom je op 130 steken (190-60)

country flag Chris 14.03.2017 - 07:25:

Bonjour et merci pour le patron. Je ne comprends pas ce que vous appelez sections dans l'explication du patron donc je n'arrive pas à avancer. Merci de m'expliquer ce que sont les sections.

user icon DROPS Design 14.03.2017 kl. 09:43:

Bonjour Chris, vous allez diminuer dans les sections en mailles envers c'est-à-dire dans les parties où vous tricotez en mailles envers pour diminuer progressivement le nombre de mailles envers comme indiqué. Bon tricot!

country flag Anne 17.09.2016 - 22:26:

Wanneer begint het minderen: na 20 cm totale lengte, of na 20 cm M.1.b en M.2.b?

user icon DROPS Design 19.09.2016 kl. 09:28:

De totale hoogte, tenzij anders aangegeven staat. Dus hier vanaf de opzetrand gemeten.

Norine Wark 30.01.2015 - 21:49:

Loved this pattern and my very warm and beautiful socks. I made two alternations to the instructions given in the pattern. I used the eye of peac0ck stitch for the heel and kitchener stitch for the toe.

country flag Annelie 12.01.2015 - 14:10:

152= 8x19. 19 får man av M1A och M2A

country flag Kristine 12.01.2015 - 14:06:

Hvorfor vil ikke mønsteret gå opp i 152 m.? Er det noe feil i oppskriften eller skal det være slik? For 152 m går ikke opp i mønster i gruppen på 6 m.

user icon DROPS Design 12.01.2015 kl. 14:53:

Hei Kristine. Det er som Annelie ogsaa skriver 8 gentagelser af mönstrene (19 masker i alt) = 152

country flag Maria 12.01.2015 - 13:54:

Hvorfor går ikke mønsteret opp i 152 m.?

user icon DROPS Design 12.01.2015 kl. 14:54:

Hei Maria. Mönstret passer, se svar herover.

country flag Maire 19.09.2014 - 02:59:

Palun, kas teil on seda mudelit müügiks?

user icon DROPS Design 09.10.2014 kl. 22:17:

Valmistooteid saate tellida mõnelt kudujalt, keda võib leida näiteks foorumist küsides.

country flag Monique 16.03.2013 - 22:07:

J'ai un problème dans le motif ajouré. C'est au deuxième jeté que j'ai ce problème, je pense, il me semble que le trou formé à la gauche du motif n'est pas identique à celui de droite, les mailles au dessus du trou sont plus étirées. Je ne sais pas si je me fait bien comprendre ! Dommage car ce modèle est très joli et vu le travail que cela représente, j'aimerais avoir un bon résultat.Je vous remercie pour votre aide précieuse.

user icon DROPS Design 18.03.2013 kl. 08:56:

Bonjour Monique, il est possible que le blocage (lavage et mise aux dimensions) rectifie ces différences. N'hésitez pas à demander conseil auprès de votre magasin Drops ou sur le forum. Bon tricot!

country flag Monique 11.03.2013 - 17:04:

Ah, ok, tout devient plus clair à présent, je vous remercie infiniment pour votre aide rapide et efficace, c'est vraiment agréable.

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