I am so excited that my White Mountain Ruana has been given so much coverage in the newly released Interweave Knits Winter 2018. It introduces the theme North Country “Rustic winter knits made for warmth and worn with joy”. My ruana is described as follows: “Voluptuous, luxurious, and enveloping, the White Mountain Ruana is a chic layer perfect for winter wanderings. The overlapping fronts can be worn loose or closed with snap fasteners and an I-cord tie. An easy-to-knit allover ripple rib pattern gives this ruana an elegant texture; garter stitch on the collar offers contrast to the body.” The ruana is knitted in the lovely Shibui Knits Maai made of 70% Superbaby Alpaca, 30% Fine Merino with 160 meters/175 yds per 50 grams in a chainette construction in the shade Brick using a 4 mm/US 6.
The ruana was submitted with the working title Leva: Old Norwegian for living as well as way of life. Wrap yourself in a comfortable, oversized blanket cardigan with low set 3/4 sleeve parts and a lovely shawl collar. The overlapping fronts can be worn loose or closed with snap fasteners at the lower part as well as an i-cord tie on the inside. An easy to knit all over zig zag pattern gives it a divine texture with a contrasting garter stitch pattern on the collar. The sleeve ends in an rib.
The back and each front is worked from the bottom and up flat. A provisional cast on is replaced by an I-cord bind off, at the end. Stitches are cast-on for the width of the sleeve parts. The shoulders are shaped with short row shaping and bound off using a 3-needle bind off. The shawl collar is picked up and knitted at the end and worked with short row shaping, ending in an I-cord bind-off. The sleeve parts are identical for all sizes but the larger sizes end in a shorter rib that are picked up and knitted at the end. Two I-cords are made for a tie; one part is attached to the collar and the other to the inside seam. Three snap fasteners are sewed on along seam under arm on Right Front with the corresponding parts on the inside of the collar.
I love the casual styling by Tina Gill with makeup & hair by Janie Rocek and photographed by Harper Point Photography in Colorado. The model is wearing the smalest size with a lower edge circumference of 151 cm/59.5″ and is a size 90 cm/35.5″ bust. The ruana pattern also includes 2 larger sizes with a lower edge circumference of 167.5 (184) cm/66 (72.5)”.
Here is a detail of from the side showing the three-needle bind-off on the shoulder and the collar which ends in an I-cord bind-off.
Finally a detailed photo of the front. Thank you so much, Interweave! The Interweave Knits Winter 2018 magazine is available both digitally or in print. In Norway you will find the printed magazine in the larger Narvesen, or order it from your local one.