DROPS Baby / 31 / 25

Mini Snow Boots by DROPS Design

Knitted socks with cables and rib for baby. Size 1 month - 4 years Piece is knitted in DROPS Puna.

Tags: cable, socks,
DROPS design: Pattern pu-002-by
Yarn group B
Size: 1/3 - 6/9 - 12/18 months (2- 3/4) years
To fit foot length: 10-11-12 (14-16) cm
DROPS PUNA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
50-50-50 (50-50) g colour no 02, beige

Piece can also be knitted with yarn from:
“Alternative yarn (yarn group B)” - see link below.

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 2.5 mm – or size needed to get 24 stitches and 34 rows in stocking stitch = width 10 cm and 10 cm vertically.

DROPS CABLE NEEDLE - for cables.

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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.

See diagrams A.1 to A.3.
Diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from the right side.

Worked in the round on double pointed needles.
Cast on 48-52-52 (56-56) stitches on double pointed needles size 2.5 mm with Puna. Work A.1 (= 2 stitches) over the first 18-20-20 (22-22) stitches, A.2a (= 13 stitches) and finish with A.3 (= 2 stitches) over the remaining 17-19-19 (21-21) stitches. When A.2a has been worked 1 time vertically, work A.2b over A.2a. Continue pattern like this. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When piece measures 5-6-6 (6-7) cm, work as before until 1 stitch remains on round, knit the last stitch and the first 2 stitches 3 together (= 2 stitches decreased), work 4 rounds, then purl 3 stitches (= purl 1, knit 1 twisted, 1 purl) together mid back (= 2 stitches decreased) = 44-48-48 (52-52) stitches.
When piece measures approx. 8-9-10 (11-12) cm, adjust so that next round in A.2b is 1st or 3rd round, work the first 16-18-18 (20-20) stitches, then slip them on 1 stitch holder, work the next 13 stitches and keep this on the needle (A.2b = upper foot) and work the remaining 15-17-17 (19-19) stitches and then slip them on 1 stitch holder. Cut the yarn and continue back and forth with A.2b over the 13 stitches on needle.
When upper foot measures 3½-4-5 (6½-7½) cm, pick up 10-12-14 (20-22) stitches on each side of upper foot and slip stitches from stitch holders back on needles = 64-72-76 (92-96) stitches. Work rib (= purl 1, knit 1 twisted) in the round, over all stitches for 1½-2-2½ (3-3½) cm, then cast off the first 26-30-32 (40-42) stitches, work rib as before over the next 13 stitches and cast off the last 25-29-31 (39-41) stitches.
Work rib back and forth for 9-10-11 (13-15) cm over the remaining 13 stitches for sole. Stitch knitted twisted from right side, is purled from wrong side.
Cast off and sew sole to sock - sew edge to edge to avoid a chunky seam. 
Knit another sock the same way.


= knit twisted from right side, purl from wrong side
= purl from the right side, knit from the wrong side
= knit from the right side, purl from the wrong side
= slip 3 stitches on cable needle behind piece, knit 1, knit 3 from cable needle
= slip 1 stitch on cable needle in front of piece, knit 3, knit 1 from cable needle

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 Baby 31-25) 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 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 (29)

Ale 21.10.2020 - 12:22:

Buongiorno, la spiegazione riporta "i diagrammi mostrano tutti i ferri del motivo visti sul dritto del lavoro". Essendo una lavorazione in tondo non capisco se devo lavorare i primi 3 giri come i diagrammi o se alternare lavorando un giro come i diagrammi e un giro come si presentano le maglie. Grazie!

DANIELLE GLOAGUEN 29.09.2020 - 00:00:

Bonjour il doit y avoir une erreur sur le diagramme pour A2b : il faut glisser 2 mailles sur l aiguille puis tricoter 2mailles endroit et reprendre les 2 mailles en attente et non "glisser 3 mailles sur l aiguille puis tricoter 1 et reprendre les 3 mailles en attente": comme sur les explications des autres snow boots adultes .La maille entre les torsades a également une erreur : c est 1 maille envers sur l endroit ,endroit sur l envers( comme sur le diagramme des autres snow boot)

DROPS Design 29.09.2020 kl. 08:14:

Bonjour Mme Gloaguen, les stylistes ont fait un choix différent ici, les torsades sont correctes, et au milieu, on a bien 1 maille endroit, vous pouvez toutefois tout à fait adapter les torsades à votre goût. Bon tricot!

Ute Trapp 02.09.2020 - 13:20:

Hallo liebes Drops-Team, ich habe diese hübschen Snowboots angefangen und komme leider mit der Anleitung nicht zurecht. Ich arbeite mit Nadelspiel. Es werden aber im Diagramm die Maschen in Hin- und Rückreihen beschrieben. Arbeite ich nicht in der Runde? Vielen Dank für die Hilfe.

DROPS Design 02.09.2020 kl. 13:27:

Liebe Frau Trapp, Diagramme werden zuerst in Runden gestrickt (lesen Sie jede Reihe rechts nach links) aber dann werden Sie das Diagram in Reihen gestrickt (Fußrücken), hier wird das Diagram links nach rechts bei den Rückreihen gestrickt. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Leah Tjemsland 18.08.2020 - 12:44:

I’ve knit these and another pair of Drops baby socks, and both have a loose sole that needs to be stitched to the upper. Both patterns say to “sew edge to edge” in order to avoid a bulky seam. Do you have a recommended technique for this, so that it looks nice and tidy? I’m assuming the kitchener would add too much bulk.

DROPS Design 18.08.2020 kl. 13:15:

Dear Mrs Tjemsland, in this pattern you will have to sew the outermost stitch of the sole (the 13 sts worked over 9 to 15 cm depending on the size) with the stitches of the foot, you can use this video as a guide to sew the stitches cast off on each side of these 13 sts. Happy assembly!

Ingrid Österdahl 06.08.2020 - 18:11:

Modellen stickas med strumpstickor . Varför står det förklaring för avigsidan. Det är väl meningen att sockan stickas runt Det syns ju på diagrammet vilka som ska stickas räta.. De vridna räta maskorna ska väl stickas varje varv

DROPS Design 10.08.2020 kl. 11:13:

Hei Ingrid. Det strikkes både rundt og frem & tilbake på denne sokken, derfor er det beskrevet slik det står i diagramforklaringen. God Fornøyelse!

Patty 08.07.2020 - 19:02:

What does it mean when it says when A.2 has been worked 1 time vertically, work A.2b over A.2a.?

DROPS Design 09.07.2020 kl. 07:27:

Hi Patty, This means that when you have completed A.2, 1 time you work the first 3 rows 1 time (A.2a) and then continue by repeating the top 4 rows (A.2b) Hope this helps and happy knitting!

Dorthe Panum 31.01.2020 - 02:27:

Jeg fandt ud af det 😁

Dorthe Panum 31.01.2020 - 02:17:

Hvor starter omgangen henne, når der er strikket 10 masker op på hver side af overstykket, og maskerne fra trådene er sat tilbage? Tak på forhånd.

DROPS Design 31.01.2020 kl. 11:45:

Hej Dorthe, det giver sig selv hvis du først strikker maskerne fra overstykket fra retsiden, strikker maskerne op langs med siden, strikker maskerne fra tråden og sidst strikker maskerne op fra den anden side, så fortsætter du bare der hvor du har tråden. God fornøjelse!

Maria Kassalia 27.12.2019 - 23:11:

Hallo liebes tiem an welche seite fange ich an die 32 maschen abzuketten vielen dank

DROPS Design 02.01.2020 kl. 12:03:

Liebe Frau Kassalia, Sie ketten die ersten 32 Maschen am Anfang der nächsten Runde = 13 Maschen bleiben, diese 13 Maschen stricken Sie jetzt wie zuvor aber in Hin und Rückreihen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Lara 12.12.2019 - 08:35:

I'm having trouble transitioning into the top of the foot! When the pattern says "Cut the yarn and continue back and forth with A.2b over the 13 stitches on needle.", your working yarn is at the back of the pattern between the two stitch holders, on the opposite side from the 13 stitches that you continue working. How do you get the working yarn back to the 13 stitches to make the top of the foot?

DROPS Design 12.12.2019 kl. 09:48:

Dear Lara, you have to work the first 16-20 sts (see size) and slip them on a thread, work the next 13 sts (= A.2b) and keep them on the needle for mid upper foot, and finally work the last 15-19 sts and slip them on 1 thread, cut the thread. There are now only 13 sts on needle, turn piece (next row will be worked from WS) join the yarn and work the 13 sts from WS as shown in chart, turn and work next row from RS and continue like this working the 13 sts in rows. Happy knitting!

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