Summer Grazing by DROPS Design

Knitted socks with sheeps in DROPS Fabel. Size 35-43.

Keywords: animals, colourwork, socks
DROPS design: Pattern fa-377
Yarn group A
Size: 35/37 - 38/40 - 41/43 
Foot length: approx. 22 - 24 - 27 cm
DROPS FABEL from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A)
100 g colour 112, apple green
50 g colour 109, cerise
50 g colour 103, grey blue
50 g colour 400, black
50 g colour 100, off white

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 2.5 mm – or size needed to get 26 stitches and 34 rows in stocking stitch = width 10 cm and 10 cm vertically.


Knitting tension – See how to measure it and why here
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


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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.
ROW 1 (= right side): Knit until 7-8-8 stitches remain, slip next stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch knitted, turn piece.
ROW 2 (= wrong side): Purl until 7-8-8 stitches remain, slip next stitch as if to purl, purl 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch purled, turn piece.
ROW 3 (= right side): Knit until 6-7-7 stitches remain, slip next stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch knitted, turn piece.
ROW 4 (= wrong side): Purl until 6-7-7 stitches remain, slip next stitch as if to purl, purl 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch purled, turn piece.
Continue decrease like this with 1 stitch less before each decrease until there are 14-14-16 stitches on needle.

Worked in the round on double pointed needles. Cast on 60-64-68 stitches on double pointed needles size 2.5 mm with grey blue. Work 1 round in stocking stitch. Continue with rib = knit 2/purl 2 for 4 cm. Knit 1 round while at the same time decrease 4-8-4 stitches evenly = 56-56-64 stitches. Then work according to A.1. When A.1 has been worked 1 time vertically, work A.2 over A.1. Knit 1 round with apple green and adjust number of stitches to 54-58-62 stitches. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION Work sock with apple green until finished. Now keep the first 26-28-30 stitches on needle for heel and slip the last 28-30-32 stitches on a stitch holder (= mid on top of foot). Work in stocking stitch back and forth over heel stitches for 5-5½-6 cm. Insert 1 marker after last row. Now work HEEL DECREASE - see explanation above. After heel decrease work in the round in stocking stitch. Work next round as follows: Work stitches from heel, pick up 13-14-16 stitches along side of heel, work stitches from stitch holder and pick up 13-14-16 stitches along the other side of heel = 68-72-80 stitches. Insert 1 marker on each side of the 28-30-32 stitches on top of foot. Then decrease in each side as follows: Knit tog the last 2 stitches before first marker mid on top of foot twisted (i.e. work in back loop of stitch instead of front) and knit tog the first 2 stitches after last marker on top of foot. Repeat decrease every other round a total of 8-8-10 times = 52-56-60 stitches. Work until piece measures 18-19-21 cm from marker on heel (= 4-5-6 cm remain before cast-off). Insert 1 marker in each side so that there are 26-28-30 stitches both on top of foot and under foot. Continue working stocking stitch while AT THE SAME TIME decreasing for toes on each side of both markers as follows: Before markers: Knit 2 together. After markers: Knit 2 twisted tog (= 4 stitches less per decrease). Repeat decrease in each side on every other round a total of 4-7-9 times and then on every round a total of 6-3-2 times = 12-16-16 stitches remain on needle. On next round work all stitches together 2 by 2. Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten together and fasten.


symbols = purl with grey blue
symbols = knit with grey blue
symbols = knit with off white
symbols = knit with black
symbols = knit with apple green
symbols = knit with cerise
symbols = purl with apple green

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 178-22) 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.

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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.

Each of our patterns has specific tutorial videos to help you.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

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 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.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

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 (24)

country flag Sarah Wikkelsø wrote:

Der står at jeg skal strikke 21 cm fra mærket i hælen til jeg skal begynde at strikke tå, men mærket sidder jo 6 cm op af hælen skal de måles med? Eller er det målt fra bukket i hælen og under sålen?

25.11.2021 - 11:02

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Sarah, du sætter mærket efter de 6 cm. Hælindtagningen starter nu og herfra skal du også måle foden. Prøv gerne sokkerne undervejs, så du er sikker på at de bliver lange nok :)

25.11.2021 kl. 15:41

country flag Mary Dennis wrote:

Is it possible to buy the necessary yarn in a kit? Thank you for your help. Mary Dennis

06.09.2021 - 14:21

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Dennis, feel free to contact the DROPS stores shipping to USA (see list here) to ask them if they can suggest you any kit. Happy knitting!

06.09.2021 kl. 16:18

country flag Miriam Evans wrote:

I am an experienced sock knitter but not at stranding as needed in this pattern. I have now knitted the sock twice only to find that the sheep will not stretch in order to get the sock over my heel. First time I stranded the yarn over 2 or 3 stitches and the second time I knitted it I carried the yarns around every stitch. I am using Drops yarn and 2.5 dpns . Please can you help ? I love the pattern.

09.03.2021 - 16:38

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Miriam, You will have to be very careful not to pull the strands. If pulling is a problem, you might try to knit the patterned rows with a larger needle. You can also try to knit a larger size for the leg, and decrease the stitches before you knit the heels. Happy Knitting!

09.03.2021 kl. 18:48

country flag Tami wrote:

I need 72 stitches for the cuff of my sock, but can decrease to 68 stitches for the heel. I normally do not do a design in my socks, and can make the adjustments needed for than. However, what do I do to make the charted design fit what I need, please?

21.09.2020 - 18:30

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Tami, we unfortunately are not able to adjust every pattern to every single request, please contact your DROPS store to get any individual assistance to adapt to your own yarn/size. Thanks for your comprehension. Happy knitting!

22.09.2020 kl. 11:18

country flag Rachel wrote:

Hello, potentially a silly question, but what does 'work A.2 over A.1' mean? Do I just follow on with A.2 after I've worked A.1? Thanks!

16.04.2020 - 23:13

DROPS Design answered:

Hi Rachel, Yes, A.2 fits exactly over A.1 as you say, so A.2 follows on from A.1 when it has been completed. Happy knitting!

17.04.2020 kl. 08:01

country flag Katherine wrote:

I can't find where to start A.2 anywhere in the pattern. It says work A. 1 and then continue the rest of the sock in green.

05.04.2019 - 00:27

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Katherine, this pattern has been edited with larger diagram (there was previously only A.1 that has been now splitted into A.1 and A.2), it when you have worked A.1 vertically, work nonw A.2 over A.1 and continue with apple green. Happy knitting!

05.04.2019 kl. 10:02

country flag Michelle Strange wrote:

Trying to get the gauge started with recommended 2.5 mm. Way too small. Increase to 3.75 still only getting 9cm to 26 stitches on the width. Which I know is more critical than vertical depth. When does it get to the needles being too big. Going to start with 4mm but concerned that it will be very open and not good in socks.

03.03.2019 - 12:33

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Strange, most important is always to get the correct tension in width, but depending on how tight/loose you work you may have to adjust the needle size. Did you work your swatch in the round? Sometimes tension is different worked in rows or in the round. Happy knitting!

04.03.2019 kl. 10:07

country flag Daphne Hannam wrote:

Is there a larger image of the pattern chart as this one is too small, even when printed out. Thank you.

15.01.2019 - 21:29

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Hannam, we will split the diagram to enlarge it, thanks for your feedback. Happy Knitting!

16.01.2019 kl. 09:28

country flag A.m. De Witt wrote:

Ik vraag me af waarom A1 op de kop staat. Dank voor uw antwoord.

04.01.2019 - 21:23

DROPS Design answered:

Dag A.m. De Witt,

De telpatronen lees je altijd van onder naar boven en omdat je deze sok van boven naar beneden breit, staat het patroon op de kop.

05.01.2019 kl. 12:42

country flag Veronica wrote:

È possibile lavorare il modello anche usando i ferri circolari? grazie

31.08.2018 - 22:04

DROPS Design answered:

Buonsera Veronica, può usare i ferri circolari per la parti in cui il numero di maglie lo consente, ma parte delle calze dovrà comunque essere lavorata con i ferri a doppia punta. Buon lavoro!

31.08.2018 kl. 22:14

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