The Caribbean Ruana Pattern

The Caribbean Ruana


Red Heart’s SuperSaver Ombre Yarn

This Ruana was originally a Review for Red Heart Super Saver Ombre Yarn. I decided to write a pattern for it after I had a few inquiries from the review. It was Original released as a special to my Email subscribers. Those that have signed up to receive my monthly newsletter got a chance to get the pattern 2 weeks early. 🙂

Today I have released it for all 🙂 

There is a PDF Version on my Ravelry

This Pattern can be modified easily to accommodate any size.

The pattern length is adjusted by lengthening or shortening the beginning chain.. The width is made larger or smaller by adding or omitting rows.

This Ruana fits my daughter who is 5’6 and wears a size s/m shirt. My Body form, which I display the Ruana on is a size 6/7.

What you will need…. ( Shop Amazon by Clicking on Photos @ bottom of Post)

1 Skein of Red Heart’s Super Saver Ombre Scuba ( or your choice of color)

1 Skein of contrasting color .. I used Super Saver Charcoal

9mm Hook

Scissors, Measuring Tape & Tapestry Needle

Need To Know..


SC – Single Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

RSC – Reverse Single Crochet aka Crab Stitch

Pattern Notes..


The Majority of this Ruana is made with using the V- Stitch.

The V-Stitch is made by putting 2 DC’s into one stitch.. skipping the next stitch & repeat this pattern across the row. Then on next round ( and following rounds) you will place the DC into the space between the 2 DC’s on previous row. This splits the top of the DC’S making for a V type look..

This Pattern was Design to Use exactly 1 Skein on Ombre.


Starting w/ contrast color (charcoal)

Chain 112

  • 2 DC’s in 3 chain from hook, skip a chain.. 2 DC’s next chain. Repeat across.. Ending with 1 DC in last chain.
  • Chain 3.. We are not starting V- Stitch yet.. 2 DC’s in First Stitch ( which is the open space) skip the 2 DC’s then 2 DC’s in next space.. Continue this across putting a 1DC in last Stitch.
  • Repeat Row 2
  • Repeat Row 2 …. change color at end of row…
  • Now we will start the V-Stitch. Chain 3 .. 2DC’s in-between the 2DC’s of previous row. Continue this pattern across.

You will repeat Row 5 for another 14 rows = 15 total rows.

20.) Now you will be doing a few “short” rows for the neck gap.

Chain 3 , 2DC’s in -between prior DC’s, Repeat 19 more times. Total of 20 – 2DC’s

21-24.) Repeat row 20

You Should have 5 rows at this point for the neck opening

25.) Now you will go back to “long” rows. Chain 3, Follow V-Stitch pattern til you come to Last V-Stitch.. Then You are going to chain 65.

Note.. Make sure to maintain the Same tension as Starting chain. If you do this chain to tight or loose it will not match up with previous side. Also Make sure to not twist your chain as you work back along it.

26.) Chain 3.. Working your V-Stitch into chain. 2DC’s in first stitch, skip a chain, 2 DC’s next… work along til you reach the V-Stitch row of previous.. then continue placing 2DC’s in-between each 2DC.

27-40.) Continue your V- Stitch rows for a total of 15.

41.) Switch color… Chain 3.. You are going to go back to “granny” type pattern now. 2DC’s in Space between the 2DC’s NOT the Middle of the 2DC’s Do this across til end. Placing a single DC in last stitch.

42-44.) Repeat Row 41 .. 3 more time for a total of 4 rows.

Now your edging…

Whether you continue with the yarn attached too end of row 44 or you can finish off and restart.

I continued chaining 1 turning & placing 2DC’s in the last DC space, skipping next DC cluster & placing 2DC’s in next space. Then working the bottom of the back top piece your going to place 3DC’s in every other space.. See Attached picture..


When You reach the other end your going to turn Chain 3 & come back.

Tie off.

Now your going to take your Contrast color and start on either side of the front part of the ruana… As pictured below…

IMG_0520Its alittle wonky as I have not blocked it yet 🙂

Your going to start your crab stitch on one of these corners and go all the way around to other arrow. When you reach other arrow, turn your work and SC along front and up neckline and down other side to your beginning arrow ( of Crab Stitch) SS into 1st crab stitch and fasten off.

This pattern was written after the Ruana was made.. If you have any issues PLEASE contact me.. So I can correct and help you with the issue.


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Super Saver Charcoal
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Ombre Yarn




      1. If I have to order it online I can probably resist, but as soon at it hits the shelves in the Michaels store near me I’m going to be all over it!!! 😀

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  1. I have everything ready to make your beautiful Caribbean Ruana, but would like to know if I would like to make it a bit bigger how do I adjust the chains too and the other stitches?


    1. Make sure you make a note of how many chains you use to increase and you add a even number. So say you add 40.. when you get to the neck/split part go a extra 20 stitches before you stop and turn your work. Then after the split your gonna do the full extra 40. To add width just do more rows before you start the row for the neck/split and do the same amount of extra rows after the split. I hope this makes sense. Please feel free to contact me


      1. Sandi, thank you for this. Let me see if I understand this correctly.. So the pattern says it is 112 chains for a S/M size, so if I want to make a size L/XL if I add say a extra 40 chains to the beginning it will be 152 chains or should I make it a even number of 160 chains to start off with? And instead of doing 20 rows, I should make maybe 30 rows before I start with the neck part?
        And then I am lost with the neck part!! LOL


      2. 152 is still a even amount so adding 40 is fine. When you get to the neck ( short rows) original pattern says do V stitch 20 times. Your gonna add 20 more to that. ( 20 is half of the added chain amount you did) this will keep the front and back portions the same length😁 As far as adding rows .. just make sure you add the same amount on the other side also. 30 might be too wide. You can gauge it as you go. If you can .. measure from persons neck to just past edge of shoulder. Then while making rows stop at that measurement and then do neck rows


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