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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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Welcome to John Arbon Textiles’ website, every page adorned with our luxury yarns & fibre tops, a fine array of woolly wonders.

We develop & make our yarns & tops at our specialist processing & spinning Mill, Fibre Harvest, a haven of enthusiasm & creativity, snug in the heart of North Devon.

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.

Throughout the last year Mill Membership numbers have increased monthly & we’re planning more special treats for the Mill Members’ secret web page in 2018.

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.

2018 sees our 4th Mill Open Weekend & Sale on 19th & 20th May, whilst we look forward to attending shows such as Unravel, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Wonderwool, Woolfest, Fibre East & Yarndale.

Thanks to all our customers for your warm wholehearted support & encouragement.

All the best indeed

John & Juliet


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