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Arete knitting pattern - digital or hard copy




Arete is a colour-work cowl/wrap, 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 over 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 with suitable meterage and toothyness for steeking.

This is a great make if you are ready to tackle a larger stranded colour-work project but aren’t quite ready for the intricacies of Fair 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.

Pattern Tutorial: To accompany this pattern I have created a pattern tutorial. This is available through a private YouTube link that can only be accessed by people that have bought the pattern for Arete (knitted).

The tutorial takes you through the materials needed, shawl construction, key techniques used in the pattern (including three options for reinforcing your steek sts), blocking hints and getting in touch.

If you make this shawl please do upload your WIP and FO on Ravelry. It would be great to see it on Instagram too - #AreteCowl #FayDHDesigns @faydhdesigns

Needles: 4mm circular needles and 120cm+ cable 
Hook: 3mm/D3 but only required if you are doing a slip stitch crocheted steek reinforcement.

Gauge/tension: unblocked 27 sts and 24 rows over 10cm. Blocked 26.5 sts and 25 rows over 10cm.

Hours: approx 40 hours to make.

Meterage: 880m (approx 775m Yarn A (Blue Spruce), 300m Yarn B (Bramble), 288m Yarn C (Thistle) and 304m Yarn D (Rosebay)).

Yarn substitutes: Something with the same or very similar meterage.  It can be a different blend or something like a 100% Shetland wool.  What you need is something that is fibrous and toothy so that the colourwork sticks together and you can create a secure steek.

Blocked dimensions: 146cm wide, 34cm deep.

Yarn: The yarn used within the pattern is John Arbon Textiles Harvest Hues 4ply fingering weight (65% Organic Falklands Merino, 35% Zwartbles) in shades Blue Spruce (A), Bramble (B), Thistle (C) and Rosebay (D). This beautiful wool (non-Superwash) was spun in Devon, England. It comes in at 400m/437yds per100g and is perfect for colour-work and steeking.


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Pattern Pricing

I now operate a ‘pay what you can’ scale for my electronic/downloadable single patterns.  I usually charge £5 for these patterns and to encourage access for all crafters, these are now available on a scale of £3 - £7 and you chose what you can afford within that scale. 

Please note that this doesn’t apply to my hard copy patterns, which remain priced at £5 and come with an automatic digital download.


Pattern format

Arete (knitting) is an eight-page document.  If you are purchasing a printed copy, it is A4 sized with large, clear text.

Weights given are approximated to provide the best estimate for postage and packaging costs only.


Product materials, sourcing and PoM Rating

You can read all about P&P here.

This product was originated by me at Fay Dashper-Hughes Designs.  I work with a local printer and they help me to source recycled paper for my patterns.  This pattern is printed on paper that is manufactured using wind power,100% recycled post-consumer fibre and carbon neutral.

Postage and Packaging

The P&P costs applied are very transparent.  No additional costs are added on, you simply pay for the cost of packaging and the cost of postage.  I don't offer free P&P because what that usually means is that the cost of P&P has been added to the cost of goods.  I think it is better to assume that my customers aren't daft and would rather have transparent P&P costs than the pretence of 'Free P&P' with inflated prices on the items that they are buying.  


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