Cyril Ruana

The tra­di­tional pon­cho-like ruana be­comes a versatile sum­mer wrap when worked in fin­ger­ing-weight yarn on larger nee­dles. The mitered squares are easy to make, and us­ing hand-dyed mini skeins cre­ates a col­or­ful pat­tern that is truly a work of art.

Creative Knitting - - CONTENTS - De­sign by Lisa M. Barnes

Gauge

22 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st (blocked). To save time, take time to check gauge.

Spe­cial Ab­bre­vi­a­tion

Slip marker (sm): Slip marker from LH to RH nee­dle.

Pat­tern Stitch

Mitered Square Size X-Small–Large Only With first color in­di­cated in pat and straight nee­dles, cast on 48 sts. Setup Row: K24, pm, knit to end. Row 1 (RS): Knit to 2 sts be­fore marker, ssk, sm, k2­tog, knit to end of row—2 sts dec. Row 2: Knit. Rows 3–12: Rep [Rows 1 and 2] 5 times— 36 sts. Cut yarn. Rows 13–26: With 2nd color, rep [Rows 1 and 2] 7 times—22 sts. Cut yarn. Rows 27–46: With 3rd color, rep [Rows 1 and 2] 10 times—2 sts. Cut yarn.

Bind off by pass­ing 2nd st over first. Cut yarn and fas­ten off. Size X-Large–4X-Large Only With first color in­di­cated in pat and straight nee­dles, cast on 56 sts. Setup Row: K28, pm, knit to end. Row 1 (RS): Knit to 2 sts be­fore marker, ssk, sm, k2­tog, knit to end of row—2 sts dec. Row 2: Knit. Rows 3–12: Rep [Rows 1 and 2] 5 times—44 sts. Cut yarn. Rows 13–28: With 2nd color, rep [Rows 1 and 2] 8 times—28 sts. Cut yarn. Rows 29–50: With 3rd color, rep [Rows 1 and 2] 11 times—2 sts. Cut yarn.

Bind off by pass­ing 2nd st over first. Cut yarn and fas­ten off.

Pat­tern Notes

Ruana is made with fin­ger­ing-weight yarn us­ing larger-than-typ­i­cal nee­dles to cre­ate a more open stitch pat­tern. It is worked flat in 3 pieces (2 Fronts and 1 shorter Back), then sewn to­gether.

Each Front is com­prised of 18 mitered squares sewn to­gether as in­di­cated in Di­a­grams.

The Back is worked in St st with a garter bor­der, and the first stitch of each row is slipped to make a neat edge.

Both sizes will use all of yarn F. To make sure you have enough, work the Fronts first in­clud­ing the bor­der. Then work the Back un­til you have reached the mea­sure­ment in­di­cated, or un­til you have ap­prox­i­mately 55 yds/15g (99 yds/27g) re­main­ing to work the bot­tom bor­der.

Cir­cu­lar nee­dle is used to ac­com­mo­date large num­ber of stitches. Do not join; work back and forth in rows.

Fronts

Mitered Squares

Square 1 Make 8 Work Mitered Square with C, E and B.

Square 2 Make 8 Work Mitered Square with A, D and E.

Square 3 Make 8 Work Mitered Square with B, C and A.

Square 4 Make 4 Work Mitered Square with E, A and D.

Square 5 Make 8 Work Mitered Square with D, B and E. Block Mitered Squares. Sew Squares tog as in­di­cated in Di­a­grams to make Left and Right Fronts.

Left Front Edg­ing With F, RS fac­ing and start­ing on Square 2 at the top left corner, pick up and knit 144 (168) sts along long side of piece [24 (28) sts per square], pm, 72 (84) sts along bot­tom, pm, 144 (168) sts along other side—360 (420) sts.

Row 1: Knit to 1 st be­fore marker, kfb, sm, kfb, knit to 1 st be­fore next marker, kfb, sm, kfb, knit to end—4 sts inc. Row 2: Knit. Rows 3–14 (20): Rep [Rows 1 and 2] 6 (9) times—388 (460) sts. Right Front Edg­ing Work as for Left Front, start­ing at Square 1 on top left corner.

Back

With F, cast on 182 (228) sts. Top Bor­der Rows 1–14 (20): Sl 1 wyif, knit to end. Main Sec­tion Setup Row (WS): K8 (12), pm, purl to last 8 (12) sts, pm, knit to end. Row 1 (RS): Sl 1 wyif, knit to marker, sm, knit to marker, sm, knit to end. Row 2: Sl 1 wyif, knit to marker, sm, purl to marker, sm, knit to end.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 un­til piece mea­sures ap­prox 183/4 (221/4) inches, end­ing with a WS row. Bot­tom Bor­der Rows 1–14 (20): Sl 1 wyif, knit to end.

Bind off.

Fin­ish­ing

Block pieces to fin­ished mea­sure­ments.

With WS of pieces tog, sew Fronts to Back at shoul­ders with ap­prox 31/2 (41/2) inches be­tween fronts.

Weave in ends.

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