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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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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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