Knitting patterns for ruana wraps - large blanket shawls or open front square ponchos inspired by the traditional Andes garment. Many of the patterns are free.
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Rocky Mountain Ruana
Oversized wrap that features stunning stranded colorwork. Sizes S/M, L/XL. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Jean Klein.
Palermo Poncho Ruana
Color block poncho with squared back and divided front knit with 2 row repeat seed stitch. Designed for 6 colors, this is a great stashbuster and you can use more or fewer colors as you wish. Designed by Lion Brand. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.
- Get the free knitting pattern - instructions in web page plus a pdf color chart
- Get the recommended Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick yarn
Shawl with squared back and divided front knit with 2 row repeat Garter Rib and edged with cable. Designed by Irina Poludnenko for Lion Brand. Rated easy by the designer. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.
Diamonds In The Rough Ruana
Shawl with squared back and divided front knit with moss stitch diamonds and eyelets. Designed by Ashley Heinen. DK weight yarn held double.
Simple modular poncho style wrap knit with 2 strands of different colors held together for a marled effect. Perfect stash buster. Designed by Beata Jezek for Hedgehog Fibres. Fingering weight yarn.
Open front, open side ruana style poncho knit in garter stitch. Quick knit in bulky weight yarn on large needles. Great show case for gradient yarn. Designed by Berroco Design Team.
More Free Patterns
Cable cardigan wrap knit in 2 pieces and seamed down the back to form a modified v-shape to create an open front. Knit with 2 row repeat garter rib and a 16 row cable panel. Rated easy by the designer. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
- Get the free knitting pattern - web version
- Get the free pdf version at Lion Brand - click the Download Free Pattern button on the page
- Get the recommended Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick And Quick Yarn 64 colors
Simple Top Ruana
Knit in 4 pieces with a garter stitch collar and reverse stockinette body, this combination wrap/cardigan/poncho looks great in multicolor yarn. Sizes S/M (L/1X, 2X/3X). Designed by Heather Lodinsky.
Stone Ridge Ruana
Garter stitch creates a flowy garment that drapes beautifully over the shoulders and is fastened with a knit strap in front. Sizes XS/S, M/L, XL/2XL, 3XL/4XL. Beginner level knitting pattern according to the designer. Designed by Alexandra Tavel. DK weight yarn.
Effortlessly Chic Ruana
This wrap is knit with a divided front in stockinette with a garter stitch ruffle. Rated easy by the designer. The only challenge is that stitches are picked up for the ruffle. Designed by Marly Bird for Red Heart. Aran weight yarn.
This easy cardigan is knit with a 2 row repeat box rib stitch and edged with a plait cable. Worked flat in one piece. Designed by Lion Brand who rates it as easy+. Quick knit in bulky weight yarn.
Cloaked in Clouds Poncho
Alexandra Tavel’s easy cardigan sweater was inspired by blanket ruanas and features a wide rib collar and a thermal stitch for warmth. Quick project in bulky yarn, it is rated easy by the designer and Ravelrers.
Ruana Style Wrap
This project is knit in one piece with a bind-off, cast-on slit for the front opening and then seamed to make the armholes. The original pattern by JoAnne Turcotte from Plymouth Yarns used a multi-colored yarn but I like the texture of the solid-color project from fiberfarmer .
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get the Berroco Ultra Alpaca used in the pictured project
- See JoAnne’s Cabled Afghan patterns in Easy as 1, 2, 3 Skeins
Woodland Ruana Wrap
The bulky yarn makes this shawl cozy and quick to knit, while the easy eyelet 6 row repeat gives it texture that works great with multi-colored yarn. Designed by Lorna Miser.
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Walk With Me Cape
Ruana style wrap with pockets knit in garter stitch with cable detail up the back. The color blocked design makes it great stashbusting. Designed by Afifa.
Looks like a 2 row repeat that creates textured stripe columns. Open front poncho worked flat in one piece with full back and 2 front panels. Perfect for gradient yarn. Designed by Sandi Prosser for Noro. Aran weight yarn.
Cobble Hill Morning Cape
Blanket ruana poncho is an easy level knitting pattern and the techniques involved are the knit stitch, purl stitch, k2tog, k3tog, m1l and m1r increases, k2kp, ssk, slipping stitches, and picking up and knitting from an edge. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Designed by Alexandra Tavel. A kit is also available.
Ruana with wide sleeves knit in a textured stitch in sizes 46(50-55-60)” across. Recommended yarn on pattern page.