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Eruca Socks - by Rebekka Mauser


The stripe arrangement of the ERUCA socks was inspired by the patterning of a caterpillar – with every movement of a crawling caterpillar (ERUCA is the zoological term for caterpillar), the socks patterning changes from wide to narrow stripes keeping the knitting fun!

These simple socks are worked cuff down in rounds in varying stripe sequences. Once the leg is completed stitches for the heel are knitted with a piece of waste yarn and placed on hold. As you continue working in the round, you’ll have a tube sock until you unravel this waste yarn and work your afterthought heel after foot and leg are completed.

These socks are not just for small feet, the pattern has eight kid sizes and six adult sizes, so everyone in your family can match!

Yarn: John Arbon Textiles Exmoor Sock Yarn
200 m per 50 g high twist machine washable (superwash yarn)
60% Exmoor Blueface / 20% Corriedale / 10% Zwartbles / 10% nylon

1 skein of color 1 for cuff, heel and toe and 1 skein each of color 2 and color 3 for leg and foot will be enough for all sizes.

Needles: 2.5 mm circular needle for magic loop method or needle size needed to get gauge

Notions: Cable needle, darning needle, scissors, stitch marker, waste yarn.

Gauge: 32 sts & 40 rounds in stockinette stitch to 10 cm x 10 cm (4” x 4”) after blocking

Finished Measurements: 

Foot circumference: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

11 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 18) cm / 4.25 (4.25, 4.75, 4.75, 5, 5, 5.5, 5.5, 6, 6, 6.25, 6.25, 6.75, 7)"

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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.

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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