This braided crochet ruana pattern makes an effortlessly stylish addition to any crochet wardrobe. With delicate braid and loop stitch detail, finished off with a fluffy fringe, it’s just the right oversized wrap to snuggle yourself in!
The one-size-fits-all pattern is easily customisable to style and wear as you like. Throw it on over any outfit and it instantly lifts it to another level. With helpful video tutorials to show you the trickier bits, it’s’ something that even a beginner can tackle.
Scroll down for the free crochet ruana pattern, or purchase an ad-free, printable PDF version here:
About the Braided Blanket Crochet Ruana
What is a ruana? A ruanas is a cross between a poncho and a wrap. Unlike a poncho, it has a slit down the front so you can wrap yourself in it, but it’s typically larger than a standard wrap and more square in shape. It’s like wrapping yourself in a blanket!
I designed this crochet wrap pattern a number of years ago for Simply Crochet Magazine and have worn it so much over the years that I thought it was about time I shared it with everyone here too!
I wanted to make sure that I made video tutorials to walk you through the two aspects in the pattern that might be new to some crocheters – the crochet braid section and the loop stitch fringe to complete the edges. I’m so excited for you to watch them and I really hope they help.
The rest of the free ruana pattern is worked in a mindful, rhythmical repeat of simple half treble/half double crochet stitches worked into the front and back loops to create a fabulous knitted look with crochet which I love.
To make the crochet ruana I used Rowan Kid Classic which is 70% wool, 22% mohair, 8% polyamide, 50g/140m and the most luxurious yarn to work with. It has a really lovely feel to it and a fabulous texture when crocheted.
You will need: 13 balls of Drought (approx 1700m) and 3 balls of Feather (approx 400m) to make the crochet wrap.
A great alternative yarn is Wonderfluff by WeCrochet which is 70% Baby Alpaca, 7% Merino Wool, 23% Nylon 130m/50g and feels just as luxurious.
A less expensive option to go with is Drops Air Yarn which is 72% alpaca, 28% polyamide, 150m/50g and great value for money.
Tension and Sizing
15 sts and 9 rows = 4in x 4in (10cm x 10cm) over main stitch pattern.
Along with your yarn, you will also need:
- 6mm (US J/10) crochet hook – my favourites are Furls Streamline Swirl crochet hooks or Clover Amour crochet hooks.
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch markers if desired
Get this ruana crochet pattern free in this blog post – just scroll down! You can also purchase an ad-free, printable PDF with added extras in my pattern stores:
Glossary and Abbreviations
- ch(s) – chain(s)
- ss – slip stitch
- RS – right side
- WS – wrong side
- RS – right side
- sk – skip
- rep – repeat
- tog – together
- FL – front loop
- BL – back loop
Standard Crochet Stitches
The crochet pattern uses the following stitches:
|Standard UK Crochet Stitches||Standard US Crochet Stitches|
|dc – double crochet||sc – single crochet|
|htr – half treble||hdc – half double crochet|
|ttr – triple treble||dtr – double treble crochet|
Special Crochet Stitches and Techniques
The easy corchet ruana pattern uses simple braid and loop stitch fringe techniques. You can find video tutorials and step by step instructions here:
- A ch1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.
- The ruana wrap pattern is worked in rows, turn your work after each row unless told otherwise.
- The ruana is made in one piece with a split halfway across the centre row. The fringing is added by working loop stitch across both ends and cutting the loops.
- Once finished, you will use a technique to braid the rows of triple treble stitches.
- If you would like to make your wrap longer or shorter then simply add or subtract stitches from your foundation chain in multiples of 2. Then work half of that number when you split for the neckline.
- If you would like to make your wrap thinner or wider then work less or more repeats of Rows 2 and 3 in Rows 44-55 and also in Rows 72-85.
Braided Crochet Ruana Pattern
UK terms (US terms in italics)
Yarn colours: A – Drought, B – Feather
Using A, ch177
Row 1: RS: htr (US hdc) in the second chain from the hook and each ch to end 
Row 2: ch1, htr (US hdc) in FL of each st to end
Row 3: ch1, htr (US hdc) in BL of each st to end
Row 4: Repeat Row 2, change to B
Row 5: Repeat Row 3, change to A
Rows 6-13: Repeat last two rows a further 4 times.
Rows 14-27: Repeat rows 2 and 3 (in A)
Row 28: Repeat Row 2
Row 29: ch4 (counts as stitch) ttr (US dtr) in BL of each st to end
Row 30-33: Repeat Rows 2 and 3
Row 34: Repeat Row 2
Row 35: Repeat Row 29
Rows 36-41: Repeat Rows 30-35
Rows 42-55: Repeat Rows 2 and 3
Rows 56-61: Repeat Rows 4 and 5
Rows 62-63: Repeat Rows 2 and 3
Row 64: ch1, htr (US hdc) in FL of first 88sts, ch88
Row 65: htr (US hdc) in the second chain from the hook and each ch, htr (US hdc) in BL of next 88 sts 
Row 66-71: Repeat Rows 4 and 5
Rows 72-85: Repeat Rows 2 and 3
Row 86: Repeat Row 2
Row 87: Repeat Row 29
Row 88-91: Repeat Rows 2 and 3
Rows 92-97: Repeat Rows 86-91
Row 98: Repeat Row 2
Row 99: Repeat Row 29
Rows 100-113: Repeat Rows 2 and 3
Rows 114-123: Repeat Rows 4 and 5
Rows 124-127: Repeat Rows 2 and 3
Join A to inner edge (at beginning of the split that will form the neckline) with RS facing.
Row 1: RS: ch1, ss in each st to one st before centre, ss2tog at centre of neck, ss in each st along other side.
Make Rows 29, 35, 41, 87, 93 and 99 into braids, running in the same direction as the rest of the shawl.
To make a braid, make a loop from the post of the first stitch of each of the rows listed above. Do this by twisting the stitch so that the post is crossed.
You only need to cross the first st of the row.
Pass the post of the next st through this loop to create another loop, and continue all the way along the row.
Tuck over and sew the last loop to the back of the shawl to secure.
Repeat for all the rows listed.
Find a crochet braid video tutorial here.
Working along each short edge:
Row 1: RS: Using B, ch1, dc evenly across the edge (the actual stitch count isn’t important here)
Row 2: ch1, dc in FL of each st to end
Row 3: ch1, loop st in the BL of each st to end
Row 4: ch1, loop st in the remaining loop of each st of Row 2
Find a loop stitch fringe video tutorial here.
Cut each loop stitch open at the end to create the fringe.
Gently block entire shawl and weave in ends to finish.
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