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Brianna’s Capelet Outlander Knitting Pattern


Brianna’s capelet Outlander knitting pattern is a wonderfully warm cape that can keep you warm throughout those chilly fall days.

This capelet pattern has been inspired by Brianna’s capelet from season 4, episode 9, ‘The Birds and the Bees’, from the TV series Outlander.

This capelet is created by working a series of short rows for shaping.

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Brianna’s Capelet Outlander Knitting Pattern

Skill Level – Intermediate


The Brianna capelet knits up quickly in bulky yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

This capelet is created by working a series of short rows for shaping.

You can see a short row tutorial that will help you hereHow to knit short rows (wrap and turn)


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Size Information

Three different sizes – Women’s small/medium/large

  • (S/M Size)Length at widest point = 47 inches
  • (S/M Size)Length at shortest point (the neck) = 30 inches
  • (S/M Size)Width from top to bottom (laying flat and unstretched) = 16.5 inches.
  • For a smaller size – Cast on fewer stitches.
  • To make this in a larger size – Cast on more stitches.
  • You can measure the circumference of your shoulders and determine if the small/medium size is 47 inches – you may need to cast on more or fewer sts depending on the size of your own shoulders.

Size Notes

  • The smaller size comes first, and the larger size is in the () after.
  • When adjusting the pattern for your size – please note that to work the short rows – keep the size of the short rows worked the same – for example, the first short row worked will have 10 sts left on the LHN (left-hand needle).
  • Whatever number of stitches you have cast on – work the short rows with the same amount of sts left on the LHN.

Gauge = 10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 11 sts and 22 rows in garter stitch.

The Supplies You Need


  • 1 x 100g black (Alize Superlana Maxi – 60)
  • 2 x 100g light grey (Alize Superlana Maxi – 208 or a darker grey 21)
  • 1 x 100g brown (Alize Superlana Maxi – 240)
  • Any Bulky weight yarn (05)/ Chunky/12 Ply.
  • I used Alize Superlana Maxi Yarn.
  • You can purchase Alize yarns from YarnStreet or on Etsy.
  • Yarn substitute – Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky.


  • 8 mm (US 11) knitting needles.
  • I used my interchangeable needles on a 40″/100cm cable as there were many stitches.
  • I did not join in the round to knit.


  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • 2 x Black buttons – sizes – 1 inch/1.5 inches.
keep the yarn at the back of the work


Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK)

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – Knit
  • LHN – Left-hand needle
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RHN – Right-hand needle
  • WT – Wrap and turn
  • YO – Yarn over

Brianna’s Outlander Capelet Pattern Instructions

  • Yarn A = Grey
  • Yarn B = Brown
  • Yarn C = Black

With Yarn A – CO – Small/Medium – 48sts/L – 68sts (or more).

  • Rows 1-3: Knit 3 rows in garter stitch.
  • Row 4: K 38 (58) sts (with 10 sts on the LHN), WT, K to the end of the row.
  • Row 5: K 30 (50) sts (with 18 sts on the LHN), WT, K to the end of the row.
  • Row 6: K 20 (40) sts (with 28 sts on the LHN), WT, K to the end of the row.
  • Row 7: K 12 (32) sts (with 36 sts on the LHN), WT, K to the end of the row.
  • Row 8: Knit.
  • Rows 9-12: Change to Yarn B and K 4 rows.
  • Rows 13-16: Change to Yarn C and rep rows 4-7.
  • Rows 17-20: K 4 rows.
  • Rows 21-24: Change to Yarn B – K 4 rows.
  • Rows 25-28: Change to Yarn A – rep rows 4-7.
  • Rows 29-32: K 4 rows.
  • Rows 33-36: rep rows 4-7.
  • Rows 37-38: K 2 rows.
  • Rows 39-42: Change to Yarn B – K 4 rows.
  • Rows 43-46: Change to Yarn C – Rep rows 4-7.
  • Rows 47-50: K 4 rows.
  • Rows 51-54: Change to Yarn B – K 4 rows.

Rep rows 25-54 until you have worked them all in sequence 4 times more for the S/M size and 6 times for the L+ size.

This is where you can adjust the size – for the width of the Brianna capelet.

You can repeat the sequence until you have the width you need to be able to wear the capelet around your shoulders/upper body comfortably.

  • Next row: Change to Yarn A and rep rows 4-7.
  • K 4 rows.
  • Rep rows 4-7.
  • K 2 rows.
  • Change to Yarn B and K 2 rows.
  • K 38 (58), YO, K10.
  • K 1 row.
  • Change to Yarn C – Rep rows 4-7.
  • K 4 rows.
  • Change to Yarn B and K 2 rows.
  • K 38 (58), YO, K10.
  • K 1 row.
  • Change to Yarn A – K 1 row.
  • Rep rows 4-7.
  • K 3 rows.
  • Cast off.

Making Up

Weave in any loose ends.

Stitch the buttons to where you want them to go in correlation to the buttonholes created by the yarn overs.

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Briannas capelet Outlander

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    1. Hello Stephanie,
      I don’t have a similar crochet pattern for this capelet right now.

  1. Is the yarn held double for this? It’s not mentioned in the instructions, but appears so in the photo. Just want to check before I get started 😊 thank you

    1. Hello Jennifer,
      The pattern is written for one single strand of bulky/chunky/12-ply yarn, but if you wanted to, you could use Aran/Worsted/10 Ply yarn knit with two strands together.
      I may have done that for some colors where I didn’t have the color I wanted in the bulky weight.
      I hope that helps!