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Gavl Socks - by Alice Sleight


Inspired by the gabled roofs common to Scandinavian architecture, the Gavl socks pair delicate cables with sharp asymmetry to create a fun, geometric design.

Gavl explores the clean linear qualities of half twisted rib and combines them with simple stocking stitch for an engaging project with a minimalistic look, the perfect canvas to show off your yarn. The heel is worked with short rows, to create a smooth feel and an easy-to-memorise construction, perfect for knitting on the go. 

Gavl socks are worked in the round from the cuff down and are finished with a grafted toe. 

Yarn: John Arbon Textiles Exmoor Sock (4ply weight; 60% Exmoor Blueface, 20% Corriedale, 10% Zwartbles, 10% Nylon; 200m / 219yds per 50g skein)

Dimity; 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skeins


Drumble; 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skeins

Needles: 2.5 mm circular needle, 80 cm / 32” length 

Notions: 2 stitch markers + 1 unique marker for BOR, tapestry needle, cable needle, row counter (optional)

Gauge: 29 sts & 37 rows = 10 cm / 4" over Stocking Stitch in the round on 2.5mm needles after blocking.

Finished Measurements: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

To fit foot circumference: 15.25 (18, 20.75, 23.5, 25.5)cm / 6 (7, 8, 9¼, 10)”

Height (from cuff to heel): 20.5 (23, 25.5, 29, 31)cm / 8 (9, 10, 11½, 12¼)”

Length: adjusted to fit

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The new Mill arrival, Italian cone winder (Gino) has settled in splendidly, whilst Gillian the skeiner (one of our oldest machines at over 100 years of age) has had are-vamp & is running smoother than ever.

Our latest yarn & tops range, Devonia, a beautiful blend of Devon fibres in 14 deep, mottled, irresistible shades, proudly features on the front cover of our latest catalogue.  And our KBN 4ply minis are welcomed into the fold - all 103 Knit By Numbers shades now available in baby 25g hanks, perfect for colour-work.

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The fabulous Mill team, led steadfastly by John, are Helena, Jack, Phil & Natasha; our Lynton shop & office, with Juliet at the helm, is run by Ginette, Judi & Natasha (again), whilst Frankie is our roving ambassador.

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