Ocean Kiss Autumn Ruana
I am so excited to bring you all the Ocean Kiss Autumn Ruana, my latest pattern in the Ocean Kiss series. The stitch pattern combination looks so pretty in different weight yarns, that I decided to design an Autumn collection in a heavier weight yarn.
What is a Ruana? It’s a poncho-style outer garment typical of the Andes region of Venezuela and Colombia, particularly in the Boyacá department and Antioquia.
As you can see from my pictures, you can wear the Ruana in several different ways, you could add a shawl pin or button to secure it.
The Ocean Kiss Autumn Ruana is a perfect weight for this time of the year; you can wear it in the house instead of turning on the central heating; or outside as the days start to get cooler.
As well as my love affair with Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, I also really love the softness, drape, and beautiful subtle colour changes of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable. It gives a really lovely hazy look of expensive mohair without the itchiness, being 100% acrylic it’s soft and most people can wear it next to the skin with no problem.
Before I began designing myself, I saw a knitted cardigan on the Red Heart website; and I asked my Mum to make it for me. Mum loved both the yarn and the cardigan pattern, and she ended up making four in the end, two for me in different colours, one for herself, and one for my sister. We all live in different places so it’s not a problem us all having the same cardigan!
So although I know from experience, you have to work carefully, and be gentle with this yarn, especially if you need to undo any rows, it’s absolutely worth the extra effort, for lovely finished garments that also wash really well.
When I attended the recent crochet conference in Chicago, remember I told you about my trip – click here for the blog post – I popped out during some free time to visit the local Michael’s store, I enjoy browsing the aisles as we don’t have this store in the UK.
Whenever, I get to visit anywhere in the US, I always stock up on Red Heart yarn; it isn’t broadly distributed in the UK, you can find it, but it’s expensive; and you have to buy it online. This was the first time I had seen the shade Pearly before and I really loved it.
Pearly is a soft muted palette of lilac, mauve, petal pink, light grey, dove grey, and cream. It marks a bit of a change of colour for me too, as with my recent Unforgettable Hazel Blanket and Cowl Pattern’s I used Red Heart Unforgettable in Tidal – a mix of blues and greens.
As you will have noticed from my design choices, I do tend to be drawn to blue tones.
Anyway, I bought 10 balls in Michaels and I have used 6 for my new pattern the Ocean Kiss Autumn Ruana which is a paid pattern.
You can find the link to purchase the Ocean Kiss Ruana pattern via Ravelry here.
The Ruana uses the same stitch combination as the Ocean Kiss Summer Collection patterns, you simply make two rectangles and seam together halfway to form the back panel.
The stitch pattern is Intermediate but the construction of the two rectangles is easy so if you are fairly new to crochet but fancy a challenge, why not have a go at making yourself something to wear other than a scarf or wrap!
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