A few months ago I was working on a crochet project using Lion Brand Heartland Yarn and the granite/moss stitch. My son liked the feel of that yarn & stitch combo and asked for a small blanket he could use while lounging around the house. (That awesome inspiration project was the Granite Cape pattern from All About Ami, which also nicely explains the granite/moss stitch if you haven’t used it before.)
I thought about it and finally came up with this throw/ruana.
I wanted something he could use as a lap blanket, or wrap around his shoulders. A ruana seemed just right.
I don’t have a written pattern, but here are general guidelines if you want to make something similar. The finished size of this one was about 30″ x 47″.
I used a size J (6mm) Clover Amour crochet hook, and
A total of 6 skeins of Lion Brand Heartland Yarn. 2 of each of the following colors:
I started with 150 Foundation Single Crochet in black and worked the granite/moss stitch for 34 rows before switching to the next color. I worked 34 rows in each of my selected colors.
Once I worked one block of each color with 150 stitches across, it was time to allow for the split in the middle. Since the granite/moss stitch looks the same on both sides of the work, there is not really a ‘front’ or ‘back’, and you can start a new row on either side of the work. So, I added my next color, and worked 74 stitches across and continued the granite/moss stitch for a total of 34 rows. When those 34 rows were complete, I cut the yarn, flipped my work over and did the same thing again starting from the other side. As I finished with each color, I added the next and worked an additional 34 rows in each color.
Once the final color was complete, I tied off the yarn and wove in all the tails.
I didn’t think to take pictures during the process, but if you have questions on my loosely documented guidelines please send me an email and I’ll try my best to help.