Tree of Life Embroidered Ruana by Kristin Omdahl
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Tree of Life Embroidered Ruana

Stacey Charles Collezione Tinka
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
in moss stitch.
US 8 - 5.0 mm
972 yards (889 m)
About 25" (63.5 cm) wide at back and 22½" (57 cm) long.

This ruana pays fiber homage to Tim Parish’s painting Tree of Life; I learned to knit intarsia specifically to create the contrasting trunk. The free-form swirling tree branches are added with chain-stitch em-broidery after the piece is knitted. The body of this ruana is knitted in a reversible non-curling texture stitch, but the tree trunk is knitted in stockinette stitch to blend with the embroidery and to contrast against the textured background. Box pleats in the yoke and a self-tie belt provide shaping and design details on the front. The yarn, a merino roving wool that is airy and soft, provides plenty of texture for hiding the loose ends woven in the wrong side.