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Pattern by Janet Moon
This is a great way to use up scrap yarn. Or, you can buy special yarn to make it one solid color. I don’t know how much yarn I used. I will work on that this winter, and hopefully have an estimate of the quantity needed. I’m thinking it was about 100 grams for 2 rows, but don’t hold me to that. I made in four pieces, then sewed them together. But, you can make it into two long pieces and then have one seam down the back.
Yarn weight #4
Crochet hook – H (6 Canada and UK) (5.0 mm AUS and NZ metric)
In Pattern (doesn’t have to be exact)
(sc, ch3, Cluster, ch1) 3 times = 3 1/2 inch (11.5 cm)
Gage – 2 rows = 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Beginning Cluster (uses 2 chs)
Ch4, turn; YO, insert hook in third ch from hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in last ch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Cluster (uses one st or sp)
* YO, insert hook in st or sp indicated, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * once more, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Ending Cluster (uses last sp and last sc)
* YO, insert hook in last sp, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * once more, insert hook in last sc, YO and upllup a loop, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
Single Panel – Make 4
ch 98 (or whatever length you want. Keep chain in multiples of 4 then add 2)
Row 1 (Right side): (Sc, ch3, Cluster) in second ch from hook, ch1, * skip next 3 chs, (sc, ch3, Cluster) in next ch, ch1; repeat from * across to last 4 chs, skip next 3 chs, sc in last ch.
Row 2 Work Beginning Cluster, ch1, * (sc, ch3, Cluster) in next ch-3 sp, ch1; repeat from * to last sp, sc in last sp, ch2, work Ending Cluster changing to next color.
Row 3 Ch 1, turn; sc in top of Ending Cluster, ch 2, work Cluster in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, * (sc, ch3, Cluster) in next ch-3 sp, ch 1; repeat from * across, sc in top of Beginning Cluster.
Row 4 Work Beginning Cluster, ch1, * (sc, ch3, Cluster) in next ch-3 sp, ch1; repeat from * to last sp, sc in last sp, ch2, work Ending Cluster changing to next color.
Rows 5 – 42 Repeat Rows 3 and 4; at end of Row 42, do not change color.
Sew shoulder seams.
Sew back seam.
Baby Alpaca Ruana
I made this ruana in two pieces. The center strip is 2 rows of green on each side, and I added one extra row of green on each piece down the back side. This made just a little extra room for the back of the neck.
The rest of the rows are four rows of each color. And the very outside strip I used five rows of green.
I used a J hook (Canadian/UK size 4) (AUS/NZ Metric hook 6.0 mm). And I started each side with a chain of 126 stitches. Both pieces began on the inside and ended on the outside. The two pieces were joined with a seam down the back.
I used Cascade Yarns brand 100% baby alpaca 100 gram skeins. I used 5 skeins of green, 3 skeins of tan, and 2 skeins of brown.
Worked in same basic pattern as above, but more rows and more stitches.