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Lemon Pie Socks by DROPS Design

Knitted socks in DROPS Karisma. The piece is worked in the round with Nordic pattern. Sizes 35 - 46.

DROPS Design: Pattern no u-865
Yarn group B
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Sizes: 35/37 - 38/40 - 41/43 - 44/46
Foot length: approx. 22 - 24 - 27 - 30 cm
Leg height down to heel: approx. 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 cm
Materials:
DROPS KARISMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
100-150-150-150 g colour 79, lemon
50-50-50-50 g colour 72, light pearl grey
50-50-50-50 g colour 01, off white

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ACCESSORIES FOR THE PIECE:

KNITTING TENSION:
22 stitches in width and 30 rows in height with stocking stitch and pattern = 10 x 10 cm.

NEEDLES:
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 3.5 MM: for work in stocking stitch and pattern.
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 2.5 MM: for rib.
Needle size is only a guide. If you get too many stitches on 10 cm, change to a larger needle size. If you get too few stitches on 10 cm, change to a smaller needle size.

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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.
EXPLANATIONS FOR THE PATTERN:

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DECREASE TIP-1 (evenly spaced):
To work out how to decrease evenly, count the total number of stitches on the needle (e.g. 64 stitches) and divide by the number of decreases to be made (e.g. 8) = 8.
In this example, decrease by knitting every 7th and 8th stitch together.

PATTERN: 
See diagrams A.1 and A.2. The whole pattern is worked in stocking stitch.

KNITTING TIP-1:
To avoid the knitting tension becoming tighter when working pattern, it is important that the strands at the back are not tight. You can increase a needle size when working pattern if this is a problem.

KNITTING TIP-2 (for heel):
To strengthen the heel, the heel and heel decrease can be worked with 2 strands as follows: Use the strand from both the inside and outside of the ball and work 1 stitch alternately with the one and then the other strand. In this way you get a slightly thicker heel without working with a double strand.

HEEL DECREASE:
ROW 1 (right side): Knit until there are 7-7-8-8 stitches left, slip the next stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch, turn the piece.
ROW 2 (wrong side): Purl until there are 7-7-8-8 stitches left, slip the next stitch as if to purl, purl 1, pass the slipped stitch over the purled stitch, turn the piece.
ROW 3 (right side): Knit until there are 6-6-7-7 stitches left, slip the next stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch, turn the piece.
ROW 4. (wrong side): Purl until there are 6-6-7-7 stitches left, slip the next stitch as if to purl, purl 1, pass the slipped stitch over the purled stitch, turn the piece.
Continue to decrease like this by working until there is 1 less stitch left before slipping the next stitch and until there are 12-14-14-14 stitches left on the needle.

DECREASE TIP-2 (for toe):
Decrease 1 stitch on each side of the marker as follows: Work until there are 3 stitches left before the marker, knit 2 stitches together, knit 2 (the marker sits in the middle of these 2 stitches), slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch (= 2 stitches decreased).

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START THE PIECE HERE:

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SOCKS - QUICK SUMMARY OF THE PIECE:
The piece is worked in the round with double pointed needles, top down.

SOCK:
Cast on 64-64-68-68 stitches with double pointed needles size 2.5 mm and light pearl grey. Knit 1 round. Then work rib in the round (= knit 2 / purl 2) for 3 cm. Change to double pointed needles size 3.5 mm. Knit 1 round where you decrease 8-8-4-4 stitches evenly spaced – read DECREASE TIP-1 = 56-56-64-64 stitches.
Read KNITTING TIP-1 and work A.1 in the round (= 7-7-8-8 repeats of 8 stitches). REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
AT THE SAME TIME on the round marked with an arrow in A.1 decrease 4-0-4-4 stitches evenly on round = 52-56-60-60 stitches. Continue this pattern (you now have room for 13-14-15-15 repeats of 4 stitches).
When A.1 has been completed, work A.2 in the round (= 13-14-15-15 repeats of 4 stitches).
AT THE SAME TIME on the round marked with an arrow in A.2 decrease 4-4-4-4 stitches evenly on round = 48-52-56-56 stitches. When A.2 has been completed, continue with stocking stitch and lemon. Work until the piece measures 23-24-25-26 cm. Keep the first 12-13-14-14 stitches on the needle for heel, place the next 24-26-28-28 stitches on 1 thread (= mid top of foot) and keep the last 12-13-14-14 stitches on the needle for heel.
Read KNITTING TIP-2 and work stocking stitch back and forth over the heel stitches with lemon for 5-5½-6-6½ cm.
Insert a marker on the last row; this will be used later to measure the foot length.
Work HEEL DECREASE – read description above. After the heel decrease, work the next round as follows: Knit over the 12-14-14-14 heel stitches, knit up 11-12-13-14 stitches along the side of the heel, knit over the 24-26-28-28 stitches from the thread on top of foot and knit up 11-12-13-14 stitches along the other side of the heel = 58-64-68-70 stitches on the needle.
Insert 1 marker on each side of the 24-26-28-28 stitches on top of foot.
Work stocking stitch in the round with lemon and decrease on each side of the 24-26-28-28 stitches on top of foot as follows: Knit together the last 2 stitches before the first marker on top of foot and knit twisted together the first 2 stitches after the second marker on top of foot. Decrease like this every 2nd round a total of 7-8-8-7 times = 44-48-52-56 stitches.
Continue working until the piece measures 14-16-18-21 cm from the heel marker. Work A.2 in the round (= 11-12-13-14 repeats of 4 stitches). When A.2 has been completed, continue with stocking stitch and lemon.
Work until the piece measures 18-20-22-25 cm from the heel marker (A.2 should now be finished and there is approx. 4-4-5-5 cm left to finished length; you can try the sock on and work to required length if necessary). Insert 1 marker in each side of the sock so that you have 22-24-26-28 stitches both on top of and under the foot.
Decrease to toe on each side of both markers – read DECREASE TIP-2 = 4 stitches decreased. Decrease like this every 2nd round a total of 4-4-5-5 times, then every round a total of 5-6-6-7 times = 8 stitches left on the needles in all sizes. Cut the strand, pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten and fasten well. 
Work the other sock in the same way.

Diagram

= light pearl grey
= lemon
= off white
= decrease round

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