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Forager Ruana/ Shawl MAKE ALONG
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Forager Ruana or Shawl MAKE A LONG

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Get the pattern with 20% off October 4 - 25:

So many messages filled with 'can't wait' and 'Is it October 4 already?' flooded the groups, and they truly got my heart racing with excitement and just a hint of nervousness. But you know what? Today is the day! It's honestly incredible to think that I've been gearing up for this moment since the beginning of October 2022! :))

Let me take you on a quick tour of my journey, from the initial sketching and swatching to the final ruana. It's been a whole year of hard work, alongside many other patterns. This journey included starting with a rough sketch, crafting a seamless branch design, creating a chart, swatching a single branch, visualizing how it would fit into the larger design, then tackling the entire panel without cropped leaves on the sides and realizing it needed to be frogged and redone. Finally, it led to the two blocked pieces now drying out on my balcony (fun fact: I'm using my camping rugs for this; here comes the first crochet tip for those who love multi-functionality). 

The Make Along takes place in the official Scheepjes Facebook groups:

 

In the groups, you can share your work, view the progress of other members, receive support from the designer, your crochet buddies, mods, and admins, and access any additional resources I may share during the MAL!

Grab the pattern:

  • With 20% discount ($4.39*) during the MAL (4-25 October 2023) on Ravelry or Etsy. *VAT and US sale and use taxes apply.

  • Languages: English and Dutch

  • Included: written instructions in US terms, schematics, charts, videos for all parts.

Check out our team gallery:

See ruana in action (wind to 1:11 time mark):

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Scheepjes Scrumptious:

Wool Warehouse (UK, US)
Jimmy Beans (US)
Caro's Atelier (Nederlands)
BreiWebshop.nl
(Nederlands)
Knitkat (Belgium)

Scheepjes Colour Crafter:


Wool Warehouse (UK, US

LoveCrafts (UK, US)
Jimmy Beans (US)
Caro's Atelier (Nederlands)
BreiWebshop.nl (Nederlands)
Knitkat
(Belgium)

Scheepjes Our Tribe:

Wool Warehouse (UK, US)
LoveCrafts
(UK, US)
Caro's Atelier (Nederlands)
BreiWebshop.nl (Nederlands)

Knitkat
(Belgium)

Your Progress:

 

Just last week, I shared a video to help you become more comfortable with my overlay mosaic crochet style and charts. I also presented the choice between joined double crochet and regular double crochet, offering some crochet versatility.

The response was fantastic! Many of you promptly accepted the challenge and got to work.

Here's a collection of all your impressive swatches. Well done, everyone!

If you happened to miss that post, you can catch up with it HERE. Let's keep the crochet journey moving!

Narrow Border:

 

We're embarking on the journey of creating the shawl or ruana panel today (the first of two), and it all begins with a Narrow border. The length of the foundation varies depending on whether you're crafting a shawl, which is longer to allow space for two more branch repeats, or a ruana panel.

But before we dive in, let's equip ourselves with some useful tips. Afterward, you can follow the instructions provided in the pattern, which include both written instructions, the same videos, and charts to cater to your preferred learning style. 🌿

Forager Ruana or Shawl color combination Narrow Border

Rows 1-4:

 

Tips for Success:

Foundation cord:

  • Start with a foundation cord and ensure you reserve a tail that's approximately three times the width of your project. Alternatively, you can create the cord from two skeins: reserve 19cm/ 7 1/2'' tails, make a slip knot with both ends, and proceed making the cord (see the second video below). Once you've completed the foundation cord, you can cut one of the ends.

  • Consider using a hook that's one size larger for the foundation cord. For instance, if you're using a 4mm hook for your project, opt for a 4.5mm hook for the foundation cord.

  • I vividly recall the time I embarked on making a foundation cord of 200+ stitches without using markers. Trust me, it's an adventure you'd rather avoid. Lesson learned! Even without distractions, our minds tend to wander. Markers are your saviors here. I recommend marking at least every 50th stitch of your cord; that's about the extent of my attention span! Keep those markers handy. Did I mention how important they are? :)) Ah, yes, about 3 times in this paragraph.

  • Keep in mind that you can make adjustments to the length of your project if needed. This can come in handy, especially if your gauge differs. Calculate the desired length using your gauge and add or subtract a multiple of 32 stitches. Adjusting by 32 stitches will change the length of your shawl or ruana panel by approximately 16cm or 6 1/4 inches.

Length adjustments:

(Zie Nederlandse instructies na het Engels)

Before proceeding to the foundation cord, this paragraph provides instructions for the number of foundation stitches and Round 13 of the Body in case you make length adjustments.

 

Ruana:

1 more branch:

Foundation: 293sts + 32sts (325sts).

Inc Row 13 (+25sts): with Yarn2 (body background color): Bsc, 5sc, [sc2inc, 12sc]x24, sc2inc, 5sc, Bsc. (325+25=350sts)

2 more branches:

Foundation: 293sts + 64sts (357sts).

Inc Row 13: volg de instructies voor de schouderdoek.

1 less branch:

Foundation: 293sts - 32sts (261sts).

Inc Row 13 (+23sts): with Yarn2 (body background color): Bsc, 8sc, [sc2inc, 10sc]x22, sc2inc, 8sc, Bsc. (261+23=284sts)

2 less branches:

Foundation: 293sts - 64sts (229sts).

Inc Row 13 (+22sts): with Yarn2 (body background color): Bsc, 3sc, [sc2inc, 9sc, sc2inc, 10sc]x10, sc2inc, 9sc, sc2inc, 3sc, Bsc. (229+22=251sts)


 

Shawl:

1 more branch:

Foundation: 357sts + 32sts (389sts).

Inc Row 13 (+27sts): with Yarn2 (body background color): Bsc, 5sc, [sc2inc, 13sc, sc2inc, 14sc]x13, sc2inc, 4sc, Bsc. (389+27=416sts)

2 more branches:

Foundation: 357sts + 64sts (421sts).

Inc Row 13 (+28sts): with Yarn2 (body background color): Bsc, 7sc, [sc2inc, 14sc]x27, sc2inc, 6sc, Bsc. (421+28=449sts)

Nederlands:

Lengte aanpassingen:

Voordat je doorgaat naar de basisopzetrij, bevat deze alinea instructies voor het aantal opzetsteken en Rij 13 van het Middenstuk in geval van lengteaanpassingen.


 

Ruana:

1 extra tak:

Basisopzetrij: 293s + 32s (325s).

Meerd Rij 13 (+25s): met Kleur2 (achtergrondkleur mid): Rv, 5v, [v2meerd, 12v]x24, v2meerd, 5v, Rv. (325+25=350s)

2 extra takken:

Basisopzetrij: 293s + 64s (357s).

Meerd Rij 13: volg de instructies voor de sjaal

1 tak minder:

Basisopzetrij: 293s - 32s (261s).

Meerd Rij 13 (+23s): with Yarn2 (body background color): Rv, 8v, [v2meerd, 10v]x22, v2meerd, 8v, Rv. (261+23=284s)