Jeanne C. Abel

for Nature Speak Knits   2010

Ruana Major

"This Ruana certainly makes a statement," says Abel. "Worked in a yarn with a slow color change or in two colors, the lines are stunning! Shown here in decadent fiber (silk in one photo, alpaca in the other) to give wonderful drape. And no, it’s not hard … it’s just Entrelac turned off its point!" Again Abel has taken a common technique or shape and reimagined it to amazing effect. This is one of the most compelling, fascinating uses of a long-repeat yarn we have ever seen. And as she says, it's just a tradition turned on its ear, really. A lighter-weight vest version can be found here.

Pattern Detail

  • no charts
  • schematics included
  • no sewing
  • all season
  • straight (flat), no sewing
  • s/m & l/xl
  • digital PDF has 4 pages (letter size)
  • intermediate
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 5.5 mm
    • US 9
    • 15.0 over pattern
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Jeanne C Abel

Monday, October 31 2011, 14:40

Yes, by design, the garment is twice as long as wide ... shorter would be cute, too!

As far as the edging goes, garter stitch is probably going to be the best match (gauge-wise) ... if the gauge of the edging seems to be off, you could try adjusting your needle size on the edging to see if you can get closer to the entrelac gauge. Unfortunatly, acrylics can not be blocked like wool, but a "wash & set" might help a little.

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Monday, October 31 2011, 13:31

The garment came out beautifully. A comment I would make is that the garment lengthened quicker than it widened. I will make it again but I would make it shorter than it is wide. This is important as I am a plus sized woman.

I am having trouble geting the six rows of garter stitch to lie flat. Could you suggest another edging that would give less problems? I tend to knit in 100% acrylic as wool requires special care of drycleaning or handwashing.

Whenever I wear it, there are many compliments!!! Let me know what else you have designed.

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