Woodland Ruana Wrap


Woodland Ruana Wrap

This free ruana knitting pattern is simple, stunning, and makes a fabulous gift!

Woodland Ruana Wrap Pattern
Woodland Ruana Wrap Pattern

The Woodland Ruana Wrap is the perfect fall knitting pattern, because it can be worn in a variety of different ways. A ruana is similar to a shawl, but shaped like a poncho with an opening up the front. This knit shawl is a must-knit due to its interesting design and beautiful colors. The yarn is a fusion of lovely shadings in a bulky weight that makes it quick to knit. This ruana will keep you warm and cozy in an incredibly stylish way. Plus, it's the perfect gift that needs no exact fit and complements any figure type. Whether you work this up for yourself or for a loved one, a knit ruana is a striking piece you can be proud of.

Notes1. Wrap is knit side to side in one piece.
2. First side is worked then stitches are bound-off to create front opening and cast-on again to begin second side.


Knitting Needle Size11 or 8 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge9 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 12 rows = 4” [10 cm]. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeWrap measures 36” wide x 60” long [91.5 x 152.5 cm].

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Medley™: 8 balls of 952 Stained Glass
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needle: 8mm [US 11]
  • Yarn needle


Special Technique
Knit-On Cast On = Hold work so stitches are on left needle, *insert needle in first stitch on left needle as if to knit, wrap yarn and draw loop through, slip the new stitch back onto the left needle; repeat from * until the desired number of stitches have been cast-on.

Pattern Stitch

Texture Stitch (worked over an odd number of sts)
Row 1 (wrong side): Knit.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: K1, *yarn over, k2tog; repeat from * across.
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: Knit.
Repeat Rows 1-6 for Texture Stitch pattern.


  1. First Side
    Cast on 137 sts loosely. Beginning with Row 1 of pattern, work in Texture Stitch pattern until piece measures about 17” [43 cm] from beginning, end with a Row 6 of pattern.

  2. Divide for Neck
    Next Row (wrong side)
    : Bind off 68 sts, knit to end of row—69 sts.
    Beginning with Row 2 of pattern, work in Texture Stitch pattern over the remaining 69 sts for 5 rows.

  3. Second Side
    Next Row (wrong side)
    : Cast on 68 sts using knit-on method, beginning across sts just cast on, knit to end of row—137 sts. Beginning with Row 2 of pattern work in Texture Stitch pattern until second side measures about 17” [43 cm], end with a Row 6 of pattern.
    Bind off loosely


Weave in ends. Block, if needed. Wrap will lengthen slightly when worn.

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knit next 2 sts together
repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

How to Work a Knit-On Cast On

This pattern uses a knit-on cast on. Check out our tutorial for how to work a knit-on cast on to learn this technique!

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Can someone tell me how to print this pattern?

With the page open, right click on your mouse, this will open an additional screen, in the additional screen scroll down to print, click on print.

Beautiful, warm, and very easy to make. Love this pattern )

I love the textured stitch used in this woodland wrap and the red heart medley also looks great. I love wraps because there are so many ways to can wear them. This is one of those patterns you can make in tons of other colors to have wrap to match whatever you are wearing.

I was wondering if you could explain the pattern. I understand the knitting part, but when you look at the drawing of the pattern, it does not make sense, to me anyways. I would really like to do this one, so would you help me, a novice, to understand what you mean should be done size wise. Pattern number is LW5287 Kate

You are knitting a long rectangle with a 5 row space in the middle where the ruana would go over your shoulders and around your neck.

This pattern is perfect for the fall. It is also easy to do. I have the perfect yarn for this and it should work up quickly. I know some beginner knitters that would love to make this as well. I also use the knit cast on for a lot of projects. I find it is a good way to cast on. Thank you.

The yarn is actually a super bulky, so the pattern works up rather quickly.

I have to confess that I'd never heard of a ruana before. I was attracted to this one by the beautiful texture and color combination. It looks soooo earthy and warm. It seems it would be very freeing in comparison to a coat or jacket. The instructions don't seem very long or involved. I'm going to give it a try!

I truly love wraps and shawls because they can be worn so many different ways depending on your mood or what you are wearing. I love the stripes and texture of this wrap and this would be a great gift for christmas and because it is just a long rectangle for the most part, it doesn't seem like it would take very long to complete. I know a few people on my list that would enjoy recieving this. Thanks again.

This pattern won't print properly, many blank spots in the instructions! /

Hello dstrader75 5989572! We're sorry to hear you're having trouble printing this pattern. Perhaps you can try copying the instructions into a Word document and then printing them? Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Such an appealing wrap - great by itself in the fall over a sweater or blouse, or in the winter as a wrap or shawl over a coat or jacket - for that matter in the spring -- a year round wrap with great class and style


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