Thursday, September 7, 2017

Far Out Ruana for Interweave Crochet 2017!

In my last post I told you about my Cool Cat Cuff design in the new Fall Issue of Interweave Crochet, and today I will tell you about the second design- the Far Out Ruana. This design also started out as a smaller project, inspired by their call for crochet that looks like macrame. I devised a stitch pattern after studying various macrame knot combinations. It is basically a series of chains that are joined together at different intervals. It has a lovely drape, and it looks a little like a fancy fish net. It looks different when it is stretched out vs. draped over your shoulder which is interesting and eye-catching.

My original idea was a for a delicate scarf. The editor really liked the stitch pattern and decided she wanted it to be used on a larger scale project, a ruana. A ruana is a fun and versatile piece to have in your wardrobe. It is like a garment, but functions as a shawl too.

If you like the idea of the stitch pattern to be used in a scarf, you can just do less rows, and customize the length of a panel to your desired length.

The Ruana is made in two panels and then crocheted together with some decorative detailing added to the center back. My photos the finished sample seemed to have disappeared from my files, so I can't show you in this post, but I plan to take photos when I get the sample back so I can point out the details! Since the stitch pattern is mainly chains, it only takes 4 skeins of yarn, and the yarn used in the sample is a readily available and affordable yarn, Lion Brand Heartland.

Post Update:

Thanks to one of my blog readers, it has come to my attention that the edging instructions for this pattern were mistakenly left out of the magazine. I contacted Interweave and they said they will update Ravelry and their errata page with these instructions. 


  1. What is the edging row for this really cool pattern? It is not obvious from the magazine, which refers to one, but says nothing about it. And what are the back bands for? A photo would be great!


    1. Hi Jeneen,

      Thank you for pointing out this error in the magazine! I contacted them and they told me somehow the edging instructions were left out when the magazine went to print. Here is the missing text:
      **Turn to work into row-ends of panel, sc bet row-ends across**, *turn to work into free lps of foundation ch, [sl st in next 10 ch, sk next sc] across*, turn to work into row-ends, sc bet row-ends across both panels; rep bet * once; rep bet ** once, turn to work across right panel, sc blo across to last sl st join, sc in sl st joining, turn to work across left panel, sc blo across panel, invisible fasten off (see Stitch Guide).

      The back bands are just a fun detail in the back. They could be optional, but they add interest. As soon as I get the sample back I will take and post photos of this detail!

    2. Thank you, Shelby! Looking forward to seeing those back band details!