Earlier this year I was lucky enough to get to travel to central California, and spend some time cooling off at the beach. It was peaceful, and surprisingly chilly! And it inspired the Seaside Ruana - a free crochet wrap pattern here on Moogly!
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The Seaside Ruana is very simple to make - no increases or decreases, just a simple rectangle that splits in two. It's one size fits most, and that includes my size Small daughter and my plus sized self! It's a very wearable length, and warm without being too heavy. And the color combo of Navy and White is refreshing year round!
I've also included a schematic of this pattern, with all the measurements, for easier blocking. This is a great first garment to make - or twentieth!
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- US-I, 5.5 mm hook (Furls Fiberarts used)
- 1400 yds Lion Brand Vanna's Style (100% acrylic; DK / yarn symbol "3"; 254 yds / 232 m; 3.53 oz)
Color A: Navy - 3 balls
Color B: Ecru - 3 balls
- Stitch marker (Clover Lock Ring Markers used)
- Gauge: 9 sts (and 9 ch) x 9 rows =4"/10cm in dc mesh (Color A sections)
- Size: One size fits most adults (see schematic below for measurements)
- Even numbered rows = Right Side
- Helpful Video Tutorials: ch, dc, skip, ch sp, sc, join with sc
Row 1: With Color A, ch 149, skip 5 chs closest to the hook (counts as dc, ch 1, skip 1), dc in next ch, * ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch; rep from * to end, turn. (73 dc, 72 ch)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next ch sp, *ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next ch sp; rep from * to end, finishing with dc in top of ch-3 (4th ch of ch-6 that began Row 1), turn. (74 dc, 71 ch)
Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), skip 2 sts, *dc in next ch sp, ch 1, skip 1 st; rep from * until 1 st remains, dc in top of ch-3, turn. (73 dc, 72 ch)
Row 4 - 32: Rep Rows 2 and 3, ending on a Row 2 repeat.
Row 33: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch sp across; turn. Break Color A. (145 sc)
Row 34: With Color B, join with sc in 1st st, skip 2 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next st (shell made), skip 2 sts, *sc in next st, skip 2 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, skip 2 sts; rep from * until 1 st remains, sc in last st, turn. (24 shells, 25 sc)
Row 35: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in 1st st (half shell made), sc in center dc of next shell, *(dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * until 1 st remains, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last st, turn. (23 shells, 2 half shells)
Row 36: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, *(dc, ch 3, dc) in next sc (open shell made), sc in center dc of next shell; rep from * to end, finishing with sc in top of ch-3, turn. (24 open shells, 25 sc)
Row 37: Ch 4, dc in 1st st, sc in next ch-3 sp, *(dc, ch 3, dc) in next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp; rep from * to end, then (dc, ch 1, dc) in last sc; turn. (23 open shells, 2 half shells)
Row 38: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, skip ch-1, skip dc, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next sc (shell made), skip dc, *sc in next ch-3 sp, skip next dc, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next sc, skip next dc; rep from * until ch-1 sp and last st remains, sc in last st, turn. (24 shells, 25 sc)
Rows 39 - 41: Rep Rows 35 - 37.
Row 42 - 57: Rep Rows 38 - 41, in Row 57 place a st marker in the 12th ch-3 loop (the center open shell).
Split for Front
Row 58: (NOTE: This row begins one side of the front of the ruana, where it splits in the middle.) Rep Row 38 for 12 shells, finishing with sc in marked ch-3 (center) loop; turn. (12 shells, 13 sc - remaining sts unworked)
Row 59 - 61: Rep Rows 35 - 37. (11 shells, 2 half shells / 12 shells, 13 sc, alternating)
Row 62 - 93: Rep Rows 38 - 41. (12 shells, 13 sc / 11 shells, 2 half shells, alternating)
Row 94: Ch 1, sc in each st across, working 1 sc in each ch-1 sp and 3 sc in each ch-3 sp; turn. Break Color B. (73 sc)
Row 95: With Color A, join to 1st st, ch 4, skip next st, dc in next st, *ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next st; rep from * to end, turn. (37 dc, 36 ch)
Row 96 - 126: Rep Rows 2 and 3, ending on a ending on a Row 2 repeat. Break Color A after Row 126. (38 dc, 35 ch / 37 dc, 36 ch, alternating)
Row 127 - 195: Starting with Color B in marked ch-3 loop in Row 57, repeat Rows 58 - 126. Do not break Color A at end of Row 195.
Continuing with Color A, sc evenly around Color A sections and work *1 sc in each row, ch 3, repeating in Color B sections (see closeup photo below); join and break yarn. Block to schematic measurements using light steam.
I hope you've enjoyed making the free Seaside Ruana crochet pattern - and that you love wearing it! If you do make this pattern and share a photo on social media, please tag me at @mooglyblog or #mooglyblog. I love seeing what you make!
The Fine Print
Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2016, all rights reserved. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, or translate it to another language, please visit the About page for details. Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this pattern!
Hi Tamara, what a lovely idea. I can safely say that the far east of the UK has very little in common with California when it comes to weather so what I see is a brilliant all year round garment. Not quite a full layer but a handy bit of warmth at any time. What I love is that if crocheted in a blingy fashion yarn it could be formal, a lofty acrylic for warmth or cotton for all year round comfort. Brilliant and due to it's all size nature I can see many Christmas gifts from this one pattern. Thank you so much for sharing, T x
Thank you so much WheelyBad! Iowa doesn't have much in common with California weather either - we could really use some of that chill this week! 😀 I'm so glad you like it!
Hi Tamara. thank you so much for this gorgeous idea. I think it's perfect for a fresh summer/autumn!!!
Thank you so much Teresa!
Nautical and very nice! A triumph and every holiday wardrobe needs one.
Thank you so much Sharon! 😀
I May have missed it, but what would the multiple be of this pattern to increase the size a little more. Thanx.
Add any multiple of 6 to the starting chain. 🙂
I love all your patterns and have quite a collection of them to make (eventually). Thank you so much for introducing us to the Print Friendly button.
I love the structure of this pattern and I can also see it seamed up the sides for more of a fitted look. I have it saved now and look forward to making it soon!
Thank you LillieMarie! I went back and forth on whether or not to seam those sides - it was a tough call!
You could probably put buttons down the side as well to offer the option of having it semi-closed or leaving it open, if you didn't want to seam it up the side.
Great idea Leanne!
I live in southern New Mexico, and this would make a terrific transition piece of outerwear. (Transition from cool mornings/warm days to cold mornings/cool days.) I'm definitely adding this to my crochet plans!
🙂 Thank you so much Barbara!
Hi Tamara love the look of this Seaside Ruana I have completed the first 33 rows and have 145 sc but am not sure I understand row 34 it says there will be 24 shells is this correct? I have too many shells HELP Please Nancy
Thank you Nancy!
Are you skipping 2 sts between the shells and sc sts? That would be my best guess for what went wrong. Each repeat across is "sc, skip 2, shell, skip 2" - 6 sts. 145 divided by 6 is 24 plus 1 (and the last 1 is that final sc).
Does that help?
Thank you so much for your help.
Perhaps I should try not working on projects so late at night.
Guess I had a fuzzy brain on this one.
Thanks again for you quick and helpful response.
I'm glad it did help! 🙂 I hear ya on the late night crochet, I've been there. 😉
This is so cute and something I've been looking for! Can't wait to make it!
I am working on row 36 ..... It says to do 1st dc chain 3 dc in sc I can't figure out where that Ist sc is
And I keep getting 24 open shells
Please help me out
Thank you so much
Hi Monica! I will try!
In Row 35 the repeat is "(dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, sc in center dc of next shell"
The sc I bolded above is the sc where you will work the shells in the next row. Does that help?
this is great! i live in the center of NC so we only have a few short weeks of winter, a few months of mild fall and the rest of the year is 80+ morning, noon and night! we love light layers due to the constant fluctuations from October through January, not to mention the ice cold AC the rest of the year. this summer I'm on a mission to complete 8 light-medium warmth sweaters! i would love to take this pattern, sew up the sides and add 3/4 sleeves. thanks so much for the great work you do and for sharing!
Now you're just making all us northerners jealous. 😉 I'm so glad you like the pattern Rachel, thank you! I did debate seaming the sides - always so hard to decide!
I LOVE YOUR PATTERNS. I HAVE A BAD PROBLEM WITH MY SIGHT AND I CAN COPY AND TRANSFER THE PATTER TO A WORD DOC. AND THEN MAKE THE LETTERS AS BIG AS I WANT. THANKS SO MUCH FOR MAKING THINGS EASIER FOR ME.
I'M SO GLAD TO HEAR IT DIANA, THANK YOU!
This is adorable! I'd probably sew up the sides to make armholes but otherwise wouldn't change a thing!
Thank you Liz! I definitely went back and forth on whether or not to sew up the sides! 🙂
I think that's just personal preference. I like it the way it is but for me I think it will work better with armholes. Thank you for the pattern!