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Cable Wrap Knitting Pattern {Outlander Claire}

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The cable wrap knitting pattern will allow you to create large twisted cables in an intricate design.

I wanted to share with you another free knitting pattern that has been inspired by the TV show Outlander.

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can purchase a printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.

This pattern is part of my Outlander collection, you can see the other Outlander patterns here.

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Design Inspired By Outlander Claire

If you have been watching the Outlander TV series, through all of the seasons, Claire has worn an amazing collection of knits.

This cable shawl design was inspired by one of my other designs for cable knit arm warmers.

The large cables are seen twisting up through the design, fanning out at the edges.

Claire Fraser is seen wearing cable knit arm warmers often in the series and this shawl is a development from that design.

Cable wrap knitting pattern free

The Cable Knit Stitch

This pattern is for intermediate knitters, as the cable stitch is a little bit more complicated.

The cable itself is intertwined throughout the wrap, making it a thick warm cover-up.

The pattern may look a little daunting if you are a beginner who is looking to do something more intricate.

Once you get used to working the cables, this design becomes a nice mindless enjoyable knit.

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Cable Twists Explained

In the pattern you will see that the cable twists are knit forward – the abbreviation is – C24F.

A tip for remembering which way a cable will twist, either to the front or the back of the work is to think of this;

  • The RIGHT way – these stitches are held behind – C24B
  • The LEFT way – these stitches are held in the front – C24F

This C24F abbreviation is explained below;

  • C24F – (Cable 24 front) – Slip 12 stitches onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, (k2, P2) 3 times from the left needle, then (K2, P2) 3 times from the cable needle.

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Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for any intermediate knitters.

Video Tutorial

There is a video tutorial to show you how to knit C24F (Cable 24 Forward).

You can see this video on my YouTube channel here.

More Outlander Patterns

For more shawl patterns inspired by the Outlander series please take a look at these posts:

Visit the Outlander Knitting Pattern Ebooks in my shop below:

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Cable Wrap Knitting Pattern

Get the ad-free, printable PDF pattern HERE.

Get the Shawls, Wraps + Cowls Ebook here.

See ALL of the Outlander Pattern Ebooks here.

Notes

The cable shawl knits up in an interesting design, which makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

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Skill Level – Intermediate

Gauge

10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 14 sts and 26 rows in garter stitch.

Measurements

  • Length = 64 inches / 163 cm
  • Width =  22 inches / 56 cm

*You can keep knitting this cable wrap until you can wear it comfortably, the stitch counts in the pattern are just a guide.

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The Supplies You Need…

Yarn

Needles

Notions

knitted cable shawl

Pattern

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • Beg – beginning
  • Cont – continue
  • C24F – (Cable 24 front) – Slip 12 stitches onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, (K2, P2) 3 times from the left needle, then (K2, P2) 3 times from the cable needle.
  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • PM – place marker
  • SM – slip marker
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Rep – repeat

Cast on 186 sts.

  • Row 1: (RS) K6, PM, (K2, P2) x 6, PM, K6, PM, (K2, P2) x 6, PM, K6, PM, (K2, P2) x 6, PM, K6, PM, (K2, P2) x 6, PM, K6, PM, (K2, P2) x 6, PM, K6, PM, (K2, P2) x 6, PM, K6.
  • Row 2: (WS) *K6, SM, (K2, P2) x 6, rep from * to end of row.

Rep rows 1 (slipping the markers) and 2 for a further 10 rows (For the border length).

Now work in pattern as follows:

  • Row 1: (RS) *K6, SM, (K2, P2) x 6, SM, rep from * to end of the row, SM, K6.
  • Row 2: (WS) *K6, SM, (K2, P2) x 6, SM, rep from * to end of the row, SM, K6.
  • Row 3: (RS) *K6, SM, (K2, P2) x 6, SM, rep from * to end of the row, SM, K6.
  • Row 4: (WS) *K6, SM, (K2, P2) x 6, SM, rep from * to end of the row, SM, K6.
  • Row 5: (RS) *K6, SM, (K2, P2) x 6, SM, rep from * to end of the row, SM, K6.
  • Row 6: (WS) *K6, SM, (K2, P2) x 6, SM, rep from * to end of the row, SM, K6.
  • Row 7: (RS) *K6, SM, C24F, SM, K6, SM, rep from * to end of the row, SM, K6.
  • Row 8: (WS) *K6, SM, (K2, P2) x 6, SM, rep from * to end of the row, SM, K6.

Rep rows 1-8 a further 35 times.

For the border length:

  • Row 1: (RS) *K6, SM, (K2, P2) x 6, SM, rep from * to end of the row, SM, K6.
  • Row 2: (WS) *K6, SM, (K2, P2) x 6, SM, rep from * to end of the row, SM, K6.

Rep rows 1 and 2 for a further 10 rows.

Cast off in pattern.

Sew in all loose ends.

large knitted cable shawl

You can view more Outlander Knitting Patterns here.

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15 Comments

    1. Hello Deborah, I’m so happy you visited my site, I hope you will come back often to see what’s new! πŸ™‚

    2. Love these looks. Do you ever do patterns in crochet? Unfortunately I never learned to knit but I would love to make these Outlander patterns. Thanks

      1. Hello Kathlene,
        For the moment the patterns are knitting patterns only.
        I haven’t translated any into crochet but that is something I may do in the future.
        Thanks,
        Louise

    1. Hello Alice, you knit 6 sts, then you K2, P2 for 24 sts – place a marker, then repeat. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  1. I’m trying my hand at this pattern. Lovely, by the way! I just finished the starting edge & am TRYING to get the cables to work. Given I’ve never done a 24st cable, I’m worried I’m doing something wrong. They are SO tight I feel like I’m going to break the fibers or my needles trying to get this to come together. SOS. Any advice for this novice would be great.
    (Everything else is nice & loose & free.)

    1. Hello Stephanie,
      I am so happy you are enjoying the pattern!
      The 24 cable stitch can become tight – you need to knit a little looser when doing the cable stitches when you come to the twist.
      As there are so many stitches for the cables, I found using a plastic cable needle was better than a metal one.
      This was because it was a little bendier and better for any of those difficult cable stitches.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise πŸ™‚

      1. Thanks! The first row of cables was really the toughest. I just pushed through those & have been doing everything I can to make them looser. Theyre still tighter than I’d like–the details in my twists aren’t as pronounced as yours. Hoping once it’s finished & totally off the needles it can be manipulated further. Or maybe it’ll just get better the further along i get.

  2. I had to find a comparable yarn but went with wool and size 4 but the initial stitches look so loose! Is that from me or from the yarn being too thin?

    1. Hello Brooke,
      If you are using a DK/lightweight yarn with a size 4mm (US 6) needle then the stitches should not be loose.
      If you are using a thinner yarn weight than DK with that size needle, for example a sport/4ply or fingering/sock yarn then yes it would be loose.
      You could knit a few more rows and with cables to see if it gets better as it grows – if you are using the correct weight yarn for your needle size.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  3. I would love to make this shawl but having read through the directions I do not see the cable stitches i.e. c24f?
    What am I missing. I am a seasoned knitter and usually have no problem reading a pattern, but this one confuses me.
    Thank you

    1. Hello Mary Jane,
      If you look at row 7 of the 8-row cable repeat pattern you will see the C24F.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

      1. Louise, Thank you so much for the quick response. I really want to make this shawl.
        I thought I had read through the pattern but at 72 yrs old I missed it. πŸ˜”
        I can’t wait to wear it.
        Mary Jane