DROPS 122-28
DROPS design: Pattern no DE-042
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: approx 23-25-28 cm / 9"-9¾"-11"

Materials: DROPS DELIGHT from Garnstudio
100 g for all sizes #13, red/orange/gray mix

DROPS 2 x DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES and CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 cm / 16") size 3 mm/US 2or3 - or size needed to get 24 sts x 48 rows in garter st = 10 x 10 cm / 4" x 4".


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


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.
Make all inc on P rounds. Inc 1 st by making 1 YO, on next round K YO into back of loop to avoid a hole.

Make all dec on K rounds. Beg 1 st before st with marker, slip 1 st as if to K, K2 tog, psso.

GARTER ST (in the round): K 1 round, P 1 round.

Worked in the round, in GARTER ST - see above.
Cast on 24 sts on double pointed needles size 3 mm / US 2or3 with Delight.
Distribute sts on 6 needles with 4 sts per needle. K 1 round. Insert a marker in the 1st, 5th, 9th, 13th, 17th and 21st st. Continue in the round AT THE SAME TIME inc 1 st each side of each st with marker (= 12 inc) on every other round - See INCREASING TIP!
NOTE! Round beg with K1 (= st with marker) and finishes with 1 YO.
AT THE SAME TIME after 1 inc (= 5 sts between all markers) insert a new marker in the middle st between 3rd and 4th marker.
Continue to inc as before, AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 st each side of the new marker on every 4th round - See DECREASING TIP!
When there are enough sts change to circular needle size 3 mm / US 2or3. Continue until you have inc 25-27-31 times (= 53-57-65 sts between markers, 29-31-35 sts between 3rd and 4th marker). Now continue as follows:
Work the first 109-117-133 sts, K2 tog on the next 29-31-35 sts (= toe = 15-16-18 sts), work the next 162-174-198 sts. Turn piece. Work 6 rows garter st back and forth, i.e. K all sts, on the last 53-57-65 sts and bind off LOOSELY. Continue on the 15-16-18 sts for toe. K 1 row from WS and K2 tog across next row from RS = 8-8-9 sts. Cut the thread, pull it through the remaining 8-8-9 sts, tighten and fasten.

Graft tog (from WS) sts each side of toe, under foot and up long leg mid back.
Sew a strand of yarn through the 24 sts at the top of foot and pull the hole together.
Do you have a question? See a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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

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.

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?

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

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

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.

If you think it's hard to decide what size to make, it can be a good idea to measure a garment you own already and like the size of. Then you can pick the size by comparing those measures with the ones available in the pattern's size chart.

You'll find the size chart at the bottom of the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read size chart

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

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

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?

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!

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.

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.

Pilling is a natural process that happens to even the most exclusive of fibers. It's a natural sign of wear and tear that is hard to avoid, and that is most visible in high friction areas of your garment like a sweater's arms and cuffs.

You can make your garment look as new by removing the pilling, using a fabric comb or a pill/lint remover.

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Comments / Questions (22)

country flag Ana Vidal Perez wrote:

Tengo una merceria y me gustaría poner hilos y lanas de esa marca como lo puedo hacer

18.03.2024 - 16:07

DROPS Design answered:

Hola Ana, consulta la siguiente página: https://www.garnstudio.com/wholesale.php?cid=23. Puedes rellenar el formulario y nuestro departamento de ventas se pondrá en contacto contigo para darte más información.

24.03.2024 - 22:57

country flag Daniela wrote:

Muster: rechts Kraus. Rund gestrickt. Runde 1 beginnt mit 1 M Re, also rechte Reihe. In Runde 2 die Umschläge rechts stricken, also rechte Reihe... Ja welche ist denn nun die rechte Reihe, gerade oder ungerade? Das ist unlogisch. Sechsmal neu angefangen, es ergibt aber logisch keinen Sinn. Bitte korrigieren. Ich bin jetzt frustriert. Danke schön für das Ruinieren meiner knapp bemessen Freizeit. So enttäuscht war ich selten, und ich habe viel Strickerfahrung.

18.09.2022 - 18:25

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Daniela, die Umschläge werden immer bei einer Reihe mit linken Maschen vom Krausrechts in Runden gestrickt, deshalb werden sie rechts verschränkt gestrickt. Die Zunahmen beginnen mit einer Runde links. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

19.09.2022 - 10:22

country flag Yvonne Görmar wrote:

Nun habe ich Drops-Socken schon längs und diagonal gestrickt, jetzt kommt das Spinnennetz dran! Danke für die guten Ideen und tollen Anleitungen!

09.03.2016 - 13:10

country flag Dinah wrote:

Hallo, gibt es von euch evtl. auch eine Anleitung um Socken auf die gleiche Weise wie hier zu häkeln, anstatt zu stricken, die ich nur noch nicht gefunden habe? Denn dann könnte man super sechseckige Granny-Squares dafür verwenden! :)

15.08.2015 - 14:43

DROPS Design answered:

Leider haben wir eine solche Anleitung noch nicht im Programm, aber ich leite es mal als Anregung an die Designerinnen weiter!

16.08.2015 - 17:26

country flag Esther Paris wrote:

Thank you! Wanted to be clear before I proceeded. I have done all the increases for sock 1 and nearly all of them for sock 2. I'm doing it in color 12 (rainbow) and it's pretty!

06.03.2014 - 13:02

country flag Esther Paris wrote:

Re pattern 122-28. Where it says to work 6 rows garter stitch on the last 65 stitches, does that mean "the most recent 65"? At start of row after turn? Also - after the bind-off, do you break the yarn & rejoin at the toe? Last - what should the stitch count be after all increases? Thanks.

05.03.2014 - 22:09

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Paris, the last 65 sts (largest size) are the sts between markers 6 and 1 (around leg), you have then to cut the yarn and rejoin at toe. When all inc are done, you have 65 sts between markers + 35 sts between 3rd & 4th marker (133+35+198 = 366 sts). Happy knitting!

06.03.2014 - 10:03

country flag LInda Johnson wrote:

Why not call them "spider's web" socks, or something similar, as that was the first thing I saw at the front of them? Presumably they would also make very good Hallowe'en accessories?

01.06.2012 - 09:56

DROPS Design answered:

Thanks for your suggestion Linda!

01.06.2012 - 11:12

country flag Santra wrote:

Siis näitähän on ihan pakko kokeilla IHANAT!

03.08.2010 - 19:55

country flag DROPS Design DE wrote:

Meine Kollegin hat die Socken nachgestrickt und zur Illustration noch ein paar Fotos gemacht. Da ich hier keinen Link einfügen kann, hat meine Kollegin die Fotos im französischen Forum unter Galerie DROPS / Galerie DROPS accessoires divers hinterlegt. Ich hoffe, das hilft weiter. Die Kommentare zu den Fotos sind auf Deutsch. Die Ferse wird durch 2 Spitzen des Sechsecks gebildet.

27.07.2010 - 18:58

country flag Bea wrote:

Ließ sich wunderbar stricken aber leider ist die Paßform schlecht.Die Spitze sitzt gut,aber dann fehlen die Abnahmen für die Ferse und von daher müßte man die Anleitung noch überarbeiten.Schade,da es eigentlich wunderbar aussieht.Aber was nutzt eine Socke ,die man beim Laufen verliert.

25.07.2010 - 23:40