Woodland Ruana Wrap
This free ruana knitting pattern is simple, stunning, and makes a fabulous gift!
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].
- RED HEART® Medley™: 8 balls of 952 Stained Glass
- Susan Bates® Knitting Needle: 8mm [US 11]
- Yarn needle
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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