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Marie Antoinette by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS knee socks with lace pattern in "Fabel". 4

DROPS design: Pattern no fa-342
Yarn group A
Sizes: US: 5/6½ - 7½/9 - 9½/10½
UK: 3/4 - 5/6½ - 7/8
EU: 35/37 - 38/40 - 41/43
Foot length: 22 - 24 - 27 cm / 8¾''-9½''-10½''
Leg length: 39 - 42 - 44 cm / 15 1/4"-16½"-17 1/4"

Materials: DROPS FABEL from Garnstudio
150-150-200 g color no 100, off white

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 - or size needed to get 26 sts x 34 rows in stockinette st = 4'' x 4'' (10 x 10 cm).
2 meter light beige silk ribbon 5 mm wide.

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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 diagrams A.1 to A.3.

Dec 1 st on each side of first repetition of A.2 as follows - beg 2 sts before A.2:
K 2 tog, A.2, slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso.

Row 1 (= RS): Work until 6-7-7 sts remain, slip next st as if to K, K 1, psso, turn piece.
Row 2 (= WS): Work until 6-7-7 sts remain, slip next st as if to P, P 1, psso, turn piece.
Row 3 (= RS): Work until 5-6-6 sts remain, slip next st as if to K, K 1, psso, turn piece.
Row 4 (= WS): Work until 5-6-6 sts remain, slip next st as if to P, P 1, psso, turn piece.
Continue dec like this with 1 st less before each dec until there are 15-15-17 sts on needle.

Worked in the round on double pointed needles.
Cast on 110-110-120 sts on double pointed needles size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 with Fabel. K 1 round and P 1 round, then work according to A.1 (= 11-11-12 repetitions in width). On last round in A.1, dec 6-0-2 sts evenly = 82-88-94 sts. K 1 round. Now work as follows: 14-16-18 sts in stockinette st, A.2 (= mid back), 16-19-22 sts in stockinette st, A.2 (= mid front), 2-3-4 sts in stockinette st. REMEMBER THE KNITTING GAUGE AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 8 cm / 3 1/8'', dec 1 st on each side of first repetition of A.2 - READ DECREASE TIP, repeat dec every 2 cm / 3/4'' 13-14-15 more times (14-15-16 times in total ) = 54-58-62 sts. Continue until piece measures approx. 34-36-38 cm / 13½"-14 1/4"-15" - adjust after 1 whole repetition of A.2. Now keep the first 25-27-29 sts (A.2 + 0-1-2 sts in each side) on needle for heel and slip the last 29-31-33 sts on a stitch holder (= mid on top of foot). Work in stockinette st back and forth over heel sts for 5-5½-6 cm / 2''-2 1/4''-2½''. Insert 1 marker. Then work HEEL DECREASE - see explanation above! After heel dec, pick up 13-14-16 sts along each side of heel and slip the 29-31-33 sts from stitch holder back on needle = 70-74-82 sts. Insert 1 marker on each side of the 29-31-33 sts on top of foot. Then continue in stockinette st under foot and A.2 on top of foot as before. AT THE SAME TIME dec in each side as follows: K tog the last 2 sts BEFORE first marker mid on top of foot twisted (i.e. work in the back loop of st instead of front) and K tog the first 2 sts AFTER last marker on top of foot. Repeat dec every other round 8-8-10 more times (= 9-9-11 times in total) = 52-56-60 sts. Work until piece measures approx. 13-15-18 cm / 5"-6"-7" from marker on heel, adjust after one whole repetition of A.2 – (piece should not measure more than 13-15-18 cm / 5"-6"-7"), now continue with A.3 over A.2. Continue until piece measures 18-20-22 cm / 7''-8''-8¾'' from marker on heel (= approx. 4-4-5 cm / 1½''-1½''-2'' remain). Insert 1 marker in each side so that there are 26-28-30 sts both on top of foot and under foot. Continue working stockinette st over all sts while AT THE SAME TIME dec for toes on each side of both markers as follows: Before marker: K 2 tog.
After marker: K 2 twisted tog (i.e. work in back loop of st instead of front).
Repeat dec every other round 5-6-7 times in total and then every round 5-4-4 times = 12-16-16 sts remain on needle. Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining sts, tighten tog and fasten.

Thread 1 silk ribbon of approx. 1 meter/1.25yds up and down in round with eyelet holes at the top of sock and tie a bow.
Knit another sock.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

= K
= P
= 1 YO between 2 sts
= K 2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, 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 167-33) 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 (14)

Normanda 12.01.2021 - 12:07:

Goeiedag, vraag over telpatroon A2 van 167-33 Hoe moet ik de omslagen doen? Is dat ipv de rechte steek? Wanneer ik een omslag ertussen maak hou ik 33 steken over na 1 toer ipv 25 zoals de teltekening aangeeft. Dank alvast voor uw uitleg

DROPS Design 17.01.2021 kl. 12:22:

Dag Normanda

Nee, de omslagen zitten tussen de steken, dus deze is niet in plaats van, maar komt er extra bij. De minderingen compenseren de omslagen, zodat je in totaal weer hetzelfde aantal steken hebt, dus 25 steken.

Dee 31.12.2020 - 01:41:

I’d love to make this pattern, but I’m confused. The gauge for this pattern is 26 st=4”. If that is so, starting with 110 stitches would make a sock that is about 16” around at the calf. The image of the finished product appears to be on a slim model with a calf size of about 13”. Have I missed something?

DROPS Design 04.01.2021 kl. 13:28:

Dear Dee, just make sure your tension is correct, you first start a small edge that requires some more stitches, after A.1 is finished you will have 82-88 sts left and then work in pattern decreasing on each side of first A.2 for the leg. Happy knitting!

Birgith Pedersen 28.05.2020 - 19:02:

Måske ville det være en ide at skrive i opskriften at mønster diagrammet skal strikkes nedefra, mønster 167-33

Birgith Pedersen 28.05.2020 - 08:21:

Spørgsmål Skal mønster læses nedenfra eller oppefra mønster 167-33, jeg kan ikke få maske antal til at passe

DROPS Design 28.05.2020 kl. 14:51:

Hej Birgith Diagrammet ska läsas nedenfra och opp. Mvh DROPS Design

Kadi 01.01.2020 - 20:45:

Kas neid silmuseid tuleb kahandada ringil ainult 2. Ma mõtlen neid kahandusi mis tuleb teha enne skeem a2 kudumist. Kuna muster jookseb nii ees kui taga siis kas need kahandused tuleb teha ees või taga.

DROPS Design 04.01.2020 kl. 00:02:

Tere Kadi! Kuna esimene mustrikordus ringil on taga, siis kahandatakse sääre kitsamaks minnes mõlemal pool tagumist mustrit ja korratakse iga 2 cm järel vastavalt suurusele juhendis antud kordi. Head kudumist!

Silange 07.11.2019 - 15:01:

Je ne comprends pas les diminution repartir 6 dim. 110 - 6 =104 et non 82

DROPS Design 07.11.2019 kl. 15:20:

Bonjour Silange, vous commencez avec 110 mailles et tricotez A.1, au 13ème rang de A.1 vous allez diminuer 2 m dans chaque A.1, il restera ainsi 8 m x 11 = 88 m, au dernier rang de A.1 vous diminuez 6 m = il reste 82 m. Bon tricot!

Silange 07.11.2019 - 14:49:

Peut on faire ses bas avec des aiguilles circulaires

DROPS Design 07.11.2019 kl. 15:19:

Bonjour Silange, vous pouvez commencer avec une petite aiguille circulaire de 40 cm, et continuer ensuite avec une aiguille circulaire de 80 cm en utilisant la technique du magic loop, ou bien les tricoter entièrement avec cette méthode. Bon tricot!

Johanna 01.08.2019 - 16:11:

Hej igen! Har ffarande problem ned A2, har rätt antal maskor (88st) och satt markörer för mönstret och slätstickningen. Det är mönstret jag inte riktigt fattar. Tror jag gör fel vid omslagen. På vissa ställen i mönstret (första raden) ser det ut som omslagen sitter ihop med nästa m, dvs när jag stickar ihop två m. Dom 25 m räcker liksom inte till innan jag ska sticka 19 släta.\r\nTack för snabbt svar och en superbra sida med mycket inspiration!!!\r\nMvh\r\nJohanna

Johanna 01.08.2019 - 12:11:

Har problem med A2, får det inte att stämma med antalet maskor när varvet är avslutat, det fattas tre maskor slätstickning. Läser nog beskrivningen fel då jag har 88 m på stickorna. Det är första raden som krånglar. Vill ni hjälpa mig förklara första raden?

DROPS Design 01.08.2019 kl. 15:06:

Hej Johanna, du har 88 m, 16 slst, A2(25m), 19 slst, A2(25m), 3 slst = 88 m. Lycka till :)

Pitsineuleiset Pitkät Sukat 11.03.2019 - 14:44:

Tässä ohjeessa on varmaan virhe olen yrittänyt tehdä ja aina mennyt purkuun alussa 120s sitten jossain kohtaan kavennetaan 6s ja jäljellä ja 84s mihin ne muut silmukat hävinneet

DROPS Design 14.03.2019 kl. 13:08:

Hei, piirroksen A.1 13. kerroksella jokaisessa mallikerrassa kavennetaan 2 silmukkaa (eli työstä kavennetaan yhteensä 24 + 2 silmukkaa), jäljellä jää tällöin 94 silmukkaa (120 - 26 = 94).

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