DROPS / 125 / 15

Alaskan Cables by DROPS Design

DROPS short Socks with cables in ”Alaska”.

Tags: cable, socks,
DROPS design: Pattern no X-358
US: 5/6½ - 7½/9 - 9½/10½
EU: 35/37 - 38/40 – 41/43
Foot length: 22-24-27 cm / 8¾”-9½”-10½”
Leg length: 4 - 4 - 4 cm / 1½''-1½''-1½''.

Materials: DROPS ALASKA from Garnstudio
100-100-100 g color no 04, gray.

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES size 4.5 mm / US 7 - or size needed to get 18 sts x 23 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''.

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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 (= 15 sts) and M.2 (= 15 sts). Diagram shows the pattern from RS.

HEEL DECREASES (worked in stockinette st):
Row 1 (= RS): Work row until 6-7-7 sts remain, slip next st as it to K, K1, psso, turn piece.
Row 2 (= WS): Work row until 6-7-7 sts remain, slip next st as it to P, P1, psso, turn piece.
Row 3 (= RS): Work row until 5-6-6 sts remain, slip next st as it to K, K1, psso, turn piece.
Row 4 (= WS): Work row until 5-6-6 sts remain, slip next st as it to P, P1, psso, turn piece.
Continue dec like this with 1 less st before each dec until there are 9-11-11 sts on needle.

Worked in the round. Cast on 42-48-48 sts on double pointed needles size 4.5 mm / US 7 with Alaska. K 2 rounds and work 5 rounds rib, K3/P3. On next round work PATTERN - see above - as follows: Continue in rib K3/P3 on the first 18-24-24 sts, K 6-6-6 sts, M.1 (= 15 sts), K 3-3-3 sts. REMEMBER THE GAUGE! Continue like this until piece measures 4 cm / 1½'' for all sizes. Now keep the first 21-27-27 sts on needle for heel and slip the last 21-21-21 sts on a stitch holder (= mid upper foot). Work rib back and forth on heel sts for 5-5.5-6 cm / 2''-2¼''-2 3/8''.
NOTE! On last row from WS dec as follows:
Size 5/6½ / 35/37: 1 st in the first and last K-section by K2 tog.
Size 7½/9 and 9½/10½ / 38/40 and 41/43:
1 st in each of the K4-section by K2 tog.
All Sizes: = 19-23-23 sts. Insert a marker in piece. Now work HEEL DECREASES – see above! After heel dec pick up 9-10-12 sts each side of heel and slip the 21-21-21 sts from stitch holder back on needle = 48-52-56 sts. Insert a marker each side of the middle 21-23-25 sts on upper foot (= 3-4-5 sts each side of M.1). Continue in stockinette st and M.1 - AT THE SAME TIME dec each side as follows: K tog into back of loop the 2 last sts before first marker on upper foot and K tog the first 2 sts after second marker on upper foot. Repeat the dec on every other round a total of 6-7-7 times = 36-38-42 sts. Continue until piece measures 18-20-22 cm / 7''-8''-8¾'' from marker on heel – adjust to after a full repeat of M.1 (= approx 4-4-5 cm / 1½''-1½''-2'' remain). Insert a marker each side with 19-19-21 sts under foot and 17-19-21 sts on upper foot (= 1-2-3 sts each side of M.1). Now dec for toes. READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SECTION BEFORE CONTINUING:
(NOTE! dec differently under foot and upper foot but make the dec on the same rounds). Dec under foot as follows: K tog into back of loop the 2 sts after marker and K tog the 2 sts before marker. Repeat the dec on every other round a total of 4-4-4 times, then on every round a total of 3-3-4 times. AT THE SAME TIME dec on upper foot as follows: Work M.2 over M.1 (1-2-3 sts each side of M.1 worked in stockinette st as before). Finish with P the 3 last sts on last round for Size 9½/10½ / 41/43 = 10-12-14 sts left on needle. Cut the thread, pull it through remaining sts and fasten.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

= K
= P
= slip 3 sts on cable needle behind piece, K1, K3 from cable needle
= slip 1 st on cable needle in front of piece, K3, K1 from cable needle
= K2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso
= slip 1 st as if to K, K2 tog, psso
= P2 tog

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 125-15) 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 (117)

Judith Alexander 13.08.2020 - 14:44:

Thank you for such a quick response so I can get on with my knitting.

Judith Alexander 13.08.2020 - 06:35:

The heel decrease says worked in stockinette stitch so does that mean that all stitches in row 1 are worked in knit and all stitches in row 2in pearl and so on? The picture looks like it continues in k3, p3 rib. Your clarification would be appreciated.

DROPS Design 13.08.2020 kl. 07:10:

Hi Judith, Yes, the heel decreases are worked in stockinette (knit from right side, purl from wrong side). When the heel decreases are finished, you continue with rib. Happy knitting!

Jeannette Paez 31.07.2020 - 03:36:

Buenos tardes. Mi pregunta ¿el patrón M1 se teje sólo una vez en cada calceta, o se repite más veces en cada uno?

DROPS Design 02.08.2020 kl. 20:20:

Hola Jeannette. El diagrama M.1 se trabaja una vez en cada calcetín.

Donna 16.05.2020 - 14:47:

Do you have a video on how to decrease for the toe?

DROPS Design 17.05.2020 kl. 09:01:

Dear Donna, you can find all the videos relate dto this pattern, if you click on the "see all videos" below. They arehere Happy Knitting!

Denise Edmondson 20.03.2020 - 21:33:

Confused. Think I made a mistake. Where pattern reads 'Continue like this until piece measures 4 cm / 1½'' for all sizes' is this from cast on or from when M1 was started?

DROPS Design 23.03.2020 kl. 09:09:

Dear Mrs Edmondson, you measure these 4 cm/1,5 " from the cast on edge. Happy knitting!

Teresa 17.01.2020 - 06:33:

Hello..I am confuse as to how many stitches on the three needles after I pick up the 10 on the sides.🤔

DROPS Design 17.01.2020 kl. 09:18:

Dear Teresa, after you have picked up 10 sts on each side of heel you should have: 11 sts (heel) + 10 sts picked up + 21 sts from thread + 10 sts picked up = 52 sts on needle. Happy knitting!

Caro 15.01.2020 - 14:55:

Wird bei diesem Socken das Muster M1 nur 1x gestrickt? weil es auf dem Bild aussieht, als wenn das Muster M1 mehrmals hintereinander gestrickt wird Liebe Grüße Caro

DROPS Design 15.01.2020 kl. 15:13:

Liebe Caro, ja genau, M.1 wird einmal in der Breite gestrickt, aber mehrmals hintereinander (= in der Höhe) wiederholt. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

MAIZIE MORRIS 15.01.2020 - 04:03:

OK so i,m to the part were i have 56 sts. can u please do the pattern in order of rows ! To decrease do i decrease just on the upper foot or do i decrease on both the upper & lower foot ?

DROPS Design 15.01.2020 kl. 09:39:

Dear Mrs Morris, you will decrease only the stitches on lower foot: work until 2 stitches remain before the 25 sts for upper foot, knit 2 sts twisted together, work the 25 sts for upper foot, knit 2 sts together (= 2 stitches decreased). Repeat this decrease round every other round a total of 7 times = 42 sts remain. Happy knitting!

Donna 15.01.2020 - 01:19:

I’m confused in the section before you decrease for the toes where it says to continue until piece measures 8” from marker on heel - adjust to after a full repeat of M 1(=approx 1 1/2 “ remain). What does this mean?

DROPS Design 15.01.2020 kl. 09:24:

Dear Donna, you should work until piece measures 8" from the marker on heel, but adjust these measurement so that you worked the last row in M.1, ie you might have to work some more or few less rows, but you should finish a whole M.1 in height before starting M.2 and decrease for toe. Happy knitting!

MAIZIE MORRIS 11.01.2020 - 16:15:

I don,t understand this pattern either its not explained very well ....when doing the the rib do u do the the heel sts.. before M1 or do you do you continue for 1 1/2 " while doing the the pattern M1 for top top of th foot

DROPS Design 13.01.2020 kl. 09:14:

Dear Mrs Morris, you first work rib over all stitches, then work rib over the first 18-24 sts, K6, M.1 over the next 15 sts and K3 until piece measures 4 cm. Then work heel over the first 21-27 sts (slip remaining stitches on a thread). Happy knitting!

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