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Autumn Aurora by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS socks with fair-isle pattern in ”Alpaca”. Size 35-43

DROPS design: Pattern no z-624
Yarn group A
Size: 35/37 - 38/40 - 41/43
Foot length: 22 - 24 - 27 cm
Leg length: 29 - 31 - 33 cm
Materials: DROPS ALPACA from Garnstudio
100-100-150 g colour no 601, dark brown eco / or no 501, light grey
50 g for all sizes in each of the following colours:
colour no 401, brown eco / or no 517, medium grey
colour no 2915, orange / or no 7300, lime
colour no 2923, goldenrod / or no 100, off white
colour no 3770, dark pink / or no 2923, goldenrod
colour no 6309, medium petrol / or no 7139, dark grey green
colour no 7120, light greyish green / or no 6309, medium petrol

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 2.5 mm - or size needed to get 26 sts x 34 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 3 mm - or size needed to get 26 sts x 34 rows in pattern = 10 x 10 cm.

Note! This is a proposal intended to inspire and provide an approximate expression of the design in the picture. (Colour number after / in materials, replaces colour no in the original pattern).

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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See diagrams A.1 to A.3. Work entire pattern in stocking st.

Dec as follows before marker: K 2 tog.
Dec as follows after marker: K 2 twisted tog.

Row 1 (= RS): Work until 9-10-10 sts remain, K 2 twisted tog, turn piece.
Row 2 (= WS): Work until 9-10-10 sts remain, P 2 tog, turn piece.
Row 3 (= RS): Work until 8-9-9 sts remain, K 2 twisted tog, turn piece.
Row 4 (= WS): Work until 8-9-9 sts remain, P 2 tog, turn piece.
Continue dec like this with 1 st less before working 2 sts tog until 14-14-14 sts remain on needle.

KNITTING TIP (from socks to leg warmers).
If you want to work leg warmers instead of socks follow the pattern below until piece measures 29-31-33 cm BUT do not dec mid back (keep the dec on first and last round in A.2) = 72-84-84 sts. Switch to double pointed needles size 2.5 mm and K 1 round with dark brown eco while AT THE SAME TIME inc 8 sts evenly = 80-92-92 sts (divisible by 4). Then work rib = K 2/P 2 for 3 cm. Switch to brown eco, work 2 rounds rib, then loosely cast off with K over K and P over P.

(READ KNITTING TIP.) Worked in the round on double pointed needles. Read the entire pattern before continuing!
Cast on 100-108-112 sts on double pointed needles size 2.5 mm with brown eco. Work 2 rounds rib = K 2/P 2. Switch to dark brown eco and continue rib until piece measures 4 cm. Switch to double pointed needles size 3 mm and K 1 round while AT THE SAME TIME dec 16-12-16 sts evenly = 84-96-96 sts.
Work PATTERN according to diagram A.1. After A.1 continue according to diagram A.2 – AT THE SAME TIME on first and last round in A.2, dec 6 sts evenly. After A.2, continue with diagram A.3.
AT THE SAME TIME on 5th round in A.2 (piece now measures approx. 13 cm), insert 1 marker at beg of round. Now dec 1 st on each side of marker - READ DECREASE TIP. Repeat dec every 6th round 5-8-8 more times. NOTE: Pattern will not fit mid back when decreasing but make sure that pattern fits around the sock otherwise. After all dec are done there are 60-66-66 sts on needle. When piece measures 29-31-33 cm, switch to double pointed needles size 2.5 mm. Keep the first 15-16-16 sts on needle for heel, slip the next 30-34-34 sts on a stitch holder (= mid on top of foot) and keep the last 15-16-16 sts on needle for heel. Continue with dark brown eco in stocking st back and forth over the 30-32-32 heel sts for 5-5½-6 cm - insert 1 marker. Then work HEEL DECREASE - see explanation above. After heel dec, knit up 13-14-15 sts along each side of heel and slip the 30-34-34 sts from stitch holder back on needle = 70-76-78 sts. Insert a marker on each side of the 30-34-34 sts on top of foot. Then work in stocking st in the round over all sts with dark brown eco. AT THE SAME TIME dec in each side as follows: K the last 2 sts BEFORE the first marker on top of foot twisted tog and K tog the first 2 sts AFTER last marker on top of foot. Repeat dec every other round 7-9-8 more times = 54-56-60 sts. Continue to work until piece measures 18-20-22 cm from marker on heel (approx. 4-4-5 cm remain until finished measurements). Remove all previous markers and insert 1 new marker in each side so that there are 27-28-30 sts both on top of foot and under foot. Then dec for toes on each side of both markers as follows: Work until 3 sts remain before marker, K 2 tog, K 2 (marker is between these 2 sts), K 2 twisted tog.
Repeat dec every other round 3-2-4 more times and then every round 7-9-8 times = 10-8-8 sts remain on needle.
Cut the thread and pull it through the remaining sts, tighten tog and fasten.

Poncho, hat and wrist warmers - see pattern 143-28


= dark brown eco / or light grey
= brown eco / or medium grey
= light greyish green / or medium petrol
= medium petrol / or dark grey green
= goldenrod / or off white
= orange / or lime
= dark pink / or goldenrod

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