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Arete Wrap Knitted - by Fay Dashper-Hughes


Arete is a three way colourwork cowl, knitted in the round and then steeked. It can either be worn as a long cowl covering your shoulders and neck, doubled over to create a chunky neck cowl or as a wrap placed ocer one shoulder. Arete uses a 4-ply (fingering weight) yarn held double, which makes for a quick and cosy knit. Alternatively, you can swap out to a DK weight yarn. 

This is a great make if you are ready to tackle a larger stranded colourwork project but aren't quite ready for the intricacies of Faire Isle. The pattern is very easy to memorise, so it's easy to get into a rhythm and knit this up in no time at all. 

Yarn: John Arbon Textiles Harvest Hues, 4-ply (65% Organically Farmed Falklands Merino, 35% Devon Zwartbles; 400 metres per 100g)

CCA: Blue Spruce; 2 or 3 skeins
CCB: Bramble; 1 skein
CCC: Thistle; 1 skein
CCD: Rosebay; 1 skein 

Needles: 4mm circular needles, 120cm cable (using a shorter cable may create a tighter tension/gauge and a tightness across your finished piece) 

Notions: stitch markers, a darning needle, scissors, 6 x 1.8cm/0.75" up to 2.5cm/1" buttons, 2 x 50cm/19.75" lengths of at least 1.8cm/0.75" wide ribbon

Gauge: 27 sts and 24 rnds over 10cm/4". Blocked - 26.5 sts and 25 rnds over 10cm/4"

Blocked Dimensions: of 146cm/57.5" long and 34cm/13.5" wide

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John Arbon Textiles & Fibre Harvest - British makers of yarns and fibres

Welcome to John Arbon Textiles' website, every page adorned with our luxury Yarns & Fibre Tops, a fine array of woolly wonders.

Nestled in the heart of North Devon, our Mill is one of only a handful of small-scale, specialist worsted processing & spinning Mills still operating in the UK. Full of refurbished machinery John has rescued over the years, with some newer additions along the way, the Mill is where we create, develop and make all our Yarn & Fibre Tops ranges. 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 a re-vamp & is running smoother than ever.

Some of our ranges are... Knit by Numbers (100% organically farmed Merino in over 100 gradient shades), Exmoor Sock (our newest addition), Exmoor Zwartbles 4ply & DK (wonderfully woolly & hardwearing), Harvest Hues (bouncy with deep, rich shades), and Devonia (brimming with drape and lustre). Many of these glorious ranges are made using sheep reared and sheared on our doorstep in Devon, as it is important to John to incorporate local & rare breed fleeces wherever possible.

This last year has been a rollercoaster of woolly excitement - we passed the sock side of our business onto Kim Kearney (Arbon Socks) in order to focus wholeheartedly on producing our specialist Yarn & Tops. Our South Molton Mill folk, led enthusiastically by John, are Helena, Jack, Phil, Tash & Frankie (who's come back to the fold proper) - a fantastic team of woolly magicians. Generous amounts of backup comes from Juliet & Sonja (an invaluable new addition) based at our Lynton shop & office, which steadfast assistance from Judi & Ginette.

2019 sees our 5th Mill Open Weekend & Sale on 8th & 9th June, whilst we look forward to attending shows such as Unravel, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Wonderwool, Woolfest, Fibre East & Yarndale.

Thanks to all our loyal customers for your warm wholehearted support & encouragement. We couldn't do it without you.

All the best indeed

John & Juliet


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