Whether you want a classy wrap for the workplace, or a fragile shawl for a night out, this mild and ethereal tunisian crochet ruana matches the bill. There’s beautiful drape and a simple strap on a front panel for straightforward closure. And best of all, there’s a knit model too! The Kingston Ruana is the crochet version of a knit and crochet collaboration I did with fellow designer Alexandra from Two of Wands, and we each liked the process of working with each other to design these sister items.
- 1 The Inspiration
- 2 The Yarn
- 3 The Development
- 4 The place to Discover the Patterns
- 5 The Kingston Ruana
Designing and blogging might be an isolating job, since we’re typically working at house by ourselves without an office setting and work colleagues to socialize with each day. This collaboration with my pal Alexi enabled us to work on one thing collectively, so regardless that we’re miles apart, we might speak about the same design, brainstorm together, study concerning the yarn together, and at the end, photograph our pieces together. I’ve to say, that was the MOST enjoyable, since we made an entire day of it in New York Metropolis!
We first got here up with the thought once we have been strolling around the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Pageant. Since neither of us have been actually trying to get more yarn, we spent the time window purchasing and evaluating notes from our blogging companies. One thing we found in widespread was that our readers typically lamented the shortage of a knit venture once we launch a crochet one, and vice versa. How cool wouldn’t it be if we both made one design, however in two crafts, so everyone seems to be completely happy? It took 7 months to make our plans come true, however it was well worth the wait!
Both of us used Lion Brand’s Lovely You yarn, a 100% acrylic sport weight (CYC weight degree 2 FINE) yarn obtainable in 16 totally different colors. We used Pumice Stone, as we each have been drawn to the greige-ness and versatility of this shade. The Kingston Ruana is worked up with a single strand of Lovely You, utilizing the Tunisian Simple Sew to create a decent woven texture that appears virtually like material. The Stone Ridge Ruana uses 2 strands of Lovely You collectively in garter stitch for a quick, straightforward make. Both constructions use about the same amount of yarn, albeit in several ways, while sustaining oodles of drape and an easy look.
The ruanas use the identical easy form, an the wrong way up U, where the legs of the U are the front panels. To keep the ruana from falling off your shoulders, we added a short strap to one of the entrance panels to tuck the opposite front panel by way of. No have to mess with buttons or belts or zippers here! You possibly can select which aspect you want the entrance panel on, to point out off your greatest aspect (because we all have them, don’t we?). The Kingston Ruana can also be slightly shorter than its cousin, as a result of Tunisian crochet presents less stretch than a knit garter sew.
For the Kingston Ruana, the development starts at the bottom of one of the front panels. Once you get to the top of the entrance panel, depart that final sew on scrap yarn, and work the opposite entrance panel. Then each panels are joined by working the following steps (photographs under in the free pattern):
- Work the ahead row of the first front panel.
- Without working a corresponding reverse row YET, work the forward row of the 2nd entrance panel. Both panels at the moment are on your Tunisian crochet hook.
- Now, work the complete reverse row of the 2nd panel, and chain the indicated number of stitches to create the back-of-neck.
- Be a part of the chain loop to the reverse row of the first panel by yarning over and drawing the yarn by means of the chain loop and the final loop of the primary panel. That is the primary loop in the reverse row.
- Then continue working the reverse row of the first panel.
Once you’re achieved with this row, both panels ought to be related by way of the chain stitches in the center. The subsequent Tunisian crochet row can be a ahead/reverse move along the primary panel, the chain stitches, and the second panel collectively. Then simply proceed the Tunisian Simple Stitch down the back.
There are a number of rows of half double crochet on the bottoms of the front and back to attenuate the curling you typically see with Tunisian crochet. While I used an I (5.5mm) measurement Tunisian crochet hook for the bulk of the ruana, I used a smaller G (4.0mm) common crochet hook for the half double crochet rows. I discover that the G measurement provides me the guage I’m on the lookout for, however if you work in Tunisian crochet, you’ll need to improve your hook measurement by 3-5 sizes. I bought a set of Denise Interchangeable Tunisian Crochet Hooks in order that I can attempt on crochet hooks like I’m in search of the proper allen wrench for a bit of Ikea furnishings.
The place to Discover the Patterns
Yow will discover the Kingston Ruana as a free sample under in multiple sizes. You may as well buy a printable/downloadable PDF for an additional schematic, and an ad-free/comment-free expertise. The Kingston Ruana can also be out there as a full package from Lion Model Yarn. You’ll obtain the yarn wanted on your measurement, along with a printed copy of the pattern.
Purchase the Kingston Ruana on Etsy
Add the Kingston Ruana to your Ravelry queue
Buy the Kingston Ruana Tunisian Crochet package from Lion Model Yarn
Should you’re on the lookout for the knit Stone Ridge Ruana, head over to Alexandra’s website, Two of Wands!
Get the Stone Ridge Ruana from Two of Wands
Purchase the Stone Ridge Ruana Knit package from Lion Brand Yarn
The Kingston Ruana
ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- sl st – slip stitch
- ch – chain stitch
- yo – yarn over
- fdc – foundation double crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
- TSS – Tunisian Simple Sew: (forward cross) insert hook behind the entrance vertical bar, yarn over and convey up a loop, leaving the loop on the hook.
- Sizes: XS/S (M/L, XL/2XL, 3XL/4XL)
- Front length: 21 (21.5, 22, 22.5) inches, laid flat and blocked.
- Again size: 27 (27.5, 28, 28.5) inches, laid flat and blocked.
- Width: 47 (50.25, 53, 56.25) inches, laid flat and blocked.
- Mannequin is 5’eight” and is sporting measurement XS/S
- Gauge: 16 sts and 14 rows in 4 inches of Tunisian Simple Sew, blocked.
- Basis double crochet stitches could be replaced by working the given variety of fdc sts + 2, chains, then working double crochet in every chain across the row.
- The ruana is constructed by crocheting every entrance panel up individually, then becoming a member of the panels with a row of Tunisian Easy Stitch, after which continuing to work the TSS down the again.
- Originally of the TSS row, you already have a loop in your hook, so you’ll work the primary TSS stitch by inserting your hook into the 2nd entrance vertical bar.
- Yow will discover a video tutorial of the Tunisian Simple Sew on my Youtube Channel.
Tunisian Crochet Ruana Sample Instructions
Begin with G hook.
Row 1 : Work 82 (87, 92, 98) fdc. Flip.
Row 2: Ch 2. Work 1 hdc in every st across. Turn.
Row Three: Ch 2. Work 1 hdc in every st across. Turn.
Row 4 (TSS, forward): [Switch to size I tunisian crochet hook] Starting with the 2nd ch from hook, insert your hook behind the entrance vertical bar, yo, and convey up a loop. Maintain the loop in your hook. Continue to work into each back bump across, yo and convey up a loop, holding all loops in your Tunisian crochet hook.
Row four (TSS, reverse): YO, pull via 1 loop on hook. Repeat [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] to end of row. You’ll have completed 82 stitches in the row.
From right here onwards, each row consists of both a forward and reverse row.
Row 5-76 (78, 80, 82): Work TSS rows for 72 (74, 76, 78) more rows or till panel is approximately 21 (21.5, 22, 22.5) inches long.
Remove Tunisian crochet hook and safe the loop on a bit of scrap yarn or sew marker.
Repeat Rows 1-76 (78, 80, 82) for PANEL 2. Don’t take away crochet hook at the finish of Row 76 (78, 80, 82).
Row 77 (79, 81, 83) (TSS, forward): Work a forward row on the identical panel presently on the hook. Preserving the piece on the tunisian crochet hook, decide up PANEL 1, insert the hook into the primary loop and work a ahead row on PANEL 1. It is best to now have 2 separate panels in your tunisian crochet hook.
Row 77 (79, 81 ,83) (TSS, reverse): Work the TSS reverse row throughout PANEL 1. Whenever you get to the last sew, chain 18 (19, 20, 21), then yo and pull by way of the [last ch st + 1st st of PANEL 2]. Continue working the TSS reverse row throughout PANEL 2. Your panels should now be joined collectively.
Rows 78 (80, 82, 84) -164 (168, 172, 176): Work TSS rows for 87 (89, 91, 93) extra rows or until back panel is approximately 25 (25.5, 26, 26.5) inches lengthy.
Row 165 (169, 173, 177): [Switch to size G crochet hook]. Insert your hook behind the front vertical bar, yo and convey up a loop. Yo, and complete a single crochet. Repeat across the row. Turn.
Rows 166 (170, 174, 178) – 173 (177, 181, 185): Ch 2. Work 1 hdc in every st throughout for eight more rows or roughly 2 inches. Turn at the finish of each row.
Row 174 (178, 180, 184): Ch 2. Work 1 dc in each st across.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Begin with G hook.
Row 1: Work 23 fdc. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 2. Work 1 dc in every st across. Fasten off and weave in end.
Sew the strap to either front panel, roughly 4 inches from the underside edge and four inches in from the middle.
Weave in all remaining ends.
Pin the blanket to a flat surface and block the piece. Depending on the yarn used, you possibly can both steam or moist block your ruana to chill out the yarn and reduce curling.
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