Sage Striped Ruana

This is a simple and gorgeous vertical striped ruana. Both sides are worked the same rectangles and the center back is either sewn together or joined with 3-needle bind off.

Time: 2 Week Project

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 40” x 27”

Gauge: 20 sts and 36 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking


Fine weight yarnYarn: Plymouth Yarn Quaker Hill (50% Alpaca, 50% Highland Wool; 298 yards [272 meters]/100 grams): #11 sage (MC, 3 hanks), #3 light grey (CC1, 3 hanks), #2 black (CC2, 2 Hanks)

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) 40” circular

Notions: Markers, tapestry needle US size B/1 (2.25 mm) crochet hook

Special Stitches

3-needle bind-off

  1. With RS of both pieces facing each other, hold both needles parallel in left hand.
  2. Insert right-hand needle knit-wise in first st of each needle.
  3. Knit both sts together.
  4. Knit next 2 sts together as described in Steps 2 and 3.
  5. Sl first st on right-hand needle over second st.
  6. Rep Steps 4-5 until all sts are bound off.

Pattern Notes

Although the ruana is worked on circular needles, it is worked back and forth.

The ruana is worked side-to-side.


Right Side

With A, CO 300 sts. PM after 150 sts.

Rows 1-8: With A, work in St st.

Rows 9-10: Switch to C, work in St st.

Rows 11-18: Switch to B, work in St st.

Rows 19-20: Switch to C, work in St st.

Rep Rows 1-20 until piece meas 40”, 8 repeats worked.

BO 150 sts. Leave last 150 sts on holder to be joined with Left Side sts. Set aside.

Left Side

With B, CO 300 sts. PM after 150 sts.

Rows 1-8: With B, work in St st.

Rows 9-10: Switch to C, work in St st.

Rows 11-18: Switch to A, work in St st.

Rows 19-20: Switch to C, work in St st.

Rep Rows 1-20 until piece is 40”, 8 repeats worked.

Half Row 1: With C, k150, BO next 150 sts with A.

Half Row 2: With C, purl.

BO all rem sts loosely, using 3-needle bind-off to join Left Side with Right Side.


Rnd 1: With crochet hook and C, start from back neck, ch 1, sc in every st around Ruana.

Rnd 2: Work reverse sc around.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Block Ruana to size.

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  • I am a hand & machine knitter and I want to knit this great looking ruana – love the stripes! It looks to me that this sample was machine knit with a 3 needle bind off at the shoulder. Thus having 3 pieces and no center back seam. Could you please send me the machine knitting instructions? Was it knit on a standard machine?

    Thank you – I plan to knit this ruana this weekend.

    Barb Sullivan

    • Nicola P.

      Hi Barb, we’ve reached out to the designer for more information and she or I will reply back as soon as we can! – Nicola

  • Nazanin F.

    As you guessed it the ruanna was worked side-to-side on a standard knitting machine. The front and back pieces are worked separately, but were not joined with 3-needle bind off at the shoulders as there are no live stitches. They are joined using mattress stitch. I have worked the back in 2 pieces and joined them with 3-needle bind off.
    Please let me know if you have any questions. Hope you enjoy knitting it on your machine this weekend.

  • What is the 40”? And what is 27”? If I repeat rows 1-20 eight times, how do I get 40”?

    • Nicola P.

      Hello! We’ve reached out to the designer for clarification and she or I will reply as soon as possible. Thanks! – Nicola

  • Nazanin F.

    40″ is the width of the Ruana. 27″ is the length (from shoulder to the bottom edge).
    There is a typo in the instruction. When you repeat the pattern 8 times, you should have about 20″ (half the width of the ruana). If it is not 20″ continue until it is. My row gauge might be different than yours.

  • Brendajean P.

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    • Nicola P.

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