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White Dunes by DROPS Design

Knitted socks in DROPS Fabel. The piece is worked top down with stockinette stitch and rib. Sizes 35 – 43 = 5 – 10 1/2.

Tags: socks,
DROPS Design: Pattern no fa-449
Yarn group A
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SIZES:
US: 5/6 1/2 – 71/2/9 – 9 1/2/10 1/2
EU: 35/37 – 38/40 – 41/43
Foot length: 22-24-27 cm = 8 3/4”-9 1/2”-10 5/8”
Leg height: approx. 12-13-14 cm = 4 3/4-5 1/8”-5 1/2”.

MATERIALS:
DROPS FABEL from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A)
100-100-100 g color 100, off white

KNITTING GAUGE:
26 stitches in width and 34 rows in height with stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm = 4” x 4”.

NEEDLES:
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES 2.5 MM = US 1,5.
Needle size is only a guide. If you get too many stitches on 10 cm = 4”, change to a larger needle size. If you get too few stitches on 10 cm = 4”, change to a smaller needle size.

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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.
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EXPLANATIONS FOR THE PATTERN:

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HEEL DECREASE:
ROW 1 (= right side): Work rib until there are 7-7-7 stitches left, slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1 and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch, turn the piece.
ROW 2 (= wrong side): Work rib until there are 7-7-7 stitches left, slip 1 stitch as if to purl, purl 1 and pass the slipped stitch over the purled stitch, turn the piece.
ROW 3 (= right side): Work rib until there are 6-6-6 stitches left, slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1 and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch, turn the piece.
ROW 4 (= wrong side): Work rib until there are 6-6-6 stitches left, slip 1 stitch as if to purl, purl 1 and pass the slipped stitch over the purled stitch, turn the piece.
Continue to decrease like this, working until there is 1 stitch less each time before slipping a stitch and until there are 22-26-26 stitches left on the needle.

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START THE PIECE HERE:

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SOCKS – SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
The socks are worked in the round with double pointed needles, top down.

SOCK:
Cast on 64-68-72 stitches with double pointed needles size 2.5 mm = US 1,5 and Fabel. Knit 1 round.
The next round is worked as follows (beginning of round = mid back):

Size 35/37 = 5/6 1/2: Purl 1, * knit 2, purl 2 *, work from *-* until there are 3 stitches left on the round, knit 2 and finish with purl 1.

Sizes 38/40 = 7 1/2/9 and 41/43 = 9 1/2/10 1/2: Knit 1, * purl 2, knit 2 *, work from *-* until there are 3 stitches left on the round, purl 2 and finish with knit 1.

Continue this rib for 3 cm = 1 1/8”.
The next round is worked as follows: Work 17-19-19 stitches in rib as before, knit 30-30-34 and decrease 4 stitches evenly spaced over these 30-30-34 stitches (neatest to decrease on purled stitches), work 17-19-19 stitches in rib as before = 60-64-68 stitches on the needles.
Continue in the round with 34-38-38 stitches in rib mid-back and stockinette stitch over the other stitches. REMEMBER THE KNITTING GAUGE!
Continue until the piece measures 12-13-14 cm = 4 3/4”-5 1/8”-5 1/2”.
Now work the heel. Keep the first 17-19-19 stitches on the needle, place the next 26-26-30 stitches on 1 thread (= top of foot) and keep the last 17-19-19 stitches on the needle = 34-38-38 stitches on the needle for the heel.
Cast on 1 new stitch at the beginning and end of the row for edge stitches = 36-40-40 stitches. Continue with rib back and forth over the heel stitches and with 1 edge stitch in garter stitch on each side. When there is 1 row left before the heel measures 8-9-10 cm = 3 1/8”-3 1/2”-4”, bind off both edge stitches = 34-38-38 stitches on the needle. Insert 1 marker in the middle of the last row – it will be used when measuring the foot-length.
Work HEEL DECREASE – read description above! After the heel decrease work the next round as follows: Work rib as before over the 22-26-26 heel stitches, knit up 22-26-26 stitches along the side of the heel, stockinette stitch as before over the 26-26-30 stitches from the thread and knit up 22-26-26 stitches along the other side of the heel = 92-104-108 stitches on the round.

Continue with rib (= knit 2 / purl 2) over the 66-78-78 stitches under the foot (start and finish with purl 2 on each side of the stockinette stitches on the top of the foot), and stockinette stitch as before over the 26-26-30 stitches on top of foot.
AT THE SAME TIME decrease on each side of the 26-26-30 stitches on top of foot as follows: Knit together the last 2 ribbed stitches before the 26-26-30 stitches on top of foot with the first of the stockinette stitches (i.e. knit 3 together = 2 stitches decreased) and knit twisted together the last stockinette stitch and the first 2 ribbed stitches after the stitches on top of foot (i.e. knit 3 stitches twisted together = 2 stitches decreased). In this way the outermost knitted stitch on each side of the top of the foot will be carried neatly down the foot.
Decrease like this every 2nd round a total of 10-12-12 times = 52-56-60 stitches.
Continue working until the piece measures 18-19-21 cm = 7”-7 1/2”-8 1/4” from the marker on the heel – measured under the foot (there are approx. 4-5-6 cm = 1 1/2”-2”-2 3/8” left to finished length; you can try the sock on and continue to desired length).
Remove the old marker. Insert 1 new marker on each side of the sock, with 26-28-30 stitches both on top of and under the foot. These markers will be used when decreasing for the toe.
Work stockinette stitch in the round over all stitches and decrease for the toe on each side of both markers as follows: Work until there are 3 stitches left before the marker, knit 2 together, knit 2 (marker sits between these 2 stitches), knit 2 twisted together. Repeat at the second marker (= 4 stitches decreased on the round).
Decrease like this on both sides every 2nd round a total of 4-6-8 times, then every round a total of 7-6-5 times = 8 stitches left in all sizes.
Cut the strand, pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten and fasten well. The foot measures approx. 22-24-27 cm = 8 3/4”-9 1/2”-10 5/8”. Work the other sock in the same way.

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 209-22) 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.

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 (6)

Loredana 15.06.2020 - 15:21:

Salve, le 30 maglie del sopra,lavorate a maglia rasata, rimangono costanti durante le diminuzioni per il piede? Grazie

DROPS Design 15.06.2020 kl. 22:50:

Buongiorno Loredana. Le 30 maglie a maglia rasata rimangono costanti. La prima e l’ultima di queste maglie devono essere lavorate insieme a diritto ritorto con le 2 maglie adiacenti, lavorate a coste. Buon lavoro!

Tina 02.05.2020 - 10:18:

Forklaret utrolig dårligt og forvirrende i forhold til andre sokke opskrifter

Ági 27.03.2020 - 20:31:

Kedves Garn Studio / Dear Garn Studio, Az alapanyagok listaja magyarul nem helyes: 3 kulonbozo szinu Fabel fonalat listaz az egyetlen feher szinu fonal helyett. / Material list in Hungarian translation is incorrect, it shows Fabel yarns in 3 different colors instead of the only used off white. Udv, Ági

Ilse Bonder 26.01.2020 - 12:42:

Walking sandrib

Minni 17.01.2020 - 18:26:

Kiva simppeli malli mutta kuitenkin pienellä twistillä

Flocons 11.12.2019 - 16:36:

Points motifs originaux

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