Ranchita Ruana


Inspired by the fabulous colors and scenery of the American Southwest, the Ranchita Ruana incorporates dual front pockets hidden in the sideways knitted stripes, while garter rows offset the solid stockinette body from the striped sections. Balanced use of the five accent colors maximizes the color effect. The easy intarsia back focal point and slightly variated front designs keep the knitter interested. The Ruana is finished perfectly with an added-on shawl collar. The knitted stripes result in the multi-colored fringe.

Difficulty Moderate
Due date 2019-03-25
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Secret
Pattern source (brand and/or designer) Melissa Kemmerer Designs
Spots available 10
Gauge 20 sts and 26 rows = 4"/10cm
Charted or written pattern Written
Sizes required S/M/L (XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Skills required


Picking up stitches


Finished measurements

40 (50)"/ 101.5 (127)cm wide (side to side)

25 (31)"/ 63.5 (79)cm top of shoulder to hem.

Construction type modular
Required or recommended yarn dk weight: 1000 (1400) yards/ 914 (1280) meters MC; 150 (200) yards/ 137 (183) meters each of 5 CCs.
Tools required

Needles: US 6/ 4.0mm or size to obtain gauge: 2 circulars, one of which must be at least 47”/ 120cm.

Yarn: dk weight: 1000 (1400) yards/ 914 (1280) meters MC; 150 (200) yards/ 137 (183) meters each of 5 CCs.

Notions: G-6/ 4mm crochet hook, stitch holder, removable stitch marker, tapestry needle.

Ownership of the finished item The finished item is yours to keep.
Requirements from the tester

Periodic check-ins, check pattern for accuracy and clarity, modeled pictures.

Rewards from the designer

Digital copy of final pattern upon publication.

Every tester who completes 2 or more test knits for an issue of Nomadic Knits magazine will receive a digital copy of the entire issue.  This test is for issue three: American Southwest.


The designer has created the following milestones, in order to keep track of progress during the test knit. By marking off each milestone as you complete it, you can easily keep the designer up to date with your progress.

2019-03-05: Back completed
2019-03-15: Fronts completed
2019-03-25: Finished and blocked


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