Ruanas, Shawls, Sarapes - They are Different

by Dave Watkins August 15, 2018

Ruanas, Shawls, Sarapes - They are Different

Ruanas, Shawls, Sarapes – They are Different…who knew?

Well, not me.

As we know, I am not the expert knitter here at Izzy Knits. Truth be told, I have a hard time remembering exactly what a ‘cast on’ really means. As a fisherman, I immediately think of my rod and reel, a boat, some tasty walleye or lake trout, and how I would like to prepare my catch of the day. So, when I heard Susan proclaim, with much enthusiasm, that she found a blog describing the difference between a Ruana, Shawl, and Sarape, I was immediately intrigued. I just had to get myself some education on this mystery and share it.

Apparently, there are patterns which give the knitter the option to make one, or the other, or the other, with slight modifications depending upon your selection. Oh, and then there is the poncho, also in the same family, but not the same as the others; thus, a little modification is needed there as well should you choose to make it.

So, what sparked this research? Susan selected a knitting pattern from our inventory, the Fiesta Shawl (pictured above), which gave her the option for a Shawl or a Poncho, which got her thinking about all of the terms she has heard about these items. Susan is currently knitting a sample of the Fiesta Shawl which features two Izzy Knits yarns: Silkhair Print and Gomitolo Versione (both from Lana Grossa). 

Again, who knew? Well, if you do not, here is a blog which sums it up nicely. It comes to us from a cool website, www.biddymurphy.com, and very nicely provides a clear distinction between Ruanas, Shawls, Sarapes, and yes, Ponchos.  Click here to read this blog, and we hope you enjoy!!!

Be well everyone.



Dave Watkins
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