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Faux Fur Scarf Pattern {Easy + Quick Knit}


In this post, you will see the design inspiration behind this faux fur scarf pattern.

If you are obsessed with faux fur yarn you are not alone!

Easy and quick to knit with you can make something cosy to wear in a short amount of time.

Inspired by the fur cowl that Claire wears in Outlander season 1, episode 2 ‘Castle Leoch’.

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

Faux Fur Scarf Pattern
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Outlander Cowl Knitting Inspiration For The Pattern

This faux fur cowl was mainly inspired by a fur cowl that the character Claire Fraser is seen wearing in the Outlander TV series.

Outlander is known for its amazing costumes and knitwear, often worn by Claire Fraser and her daughter Brianna.

As many of you may know already I am a great fan of the show and have designed many Outlander patterns.

Worn in the image below with the Castle Leoch Cable Cuff Arm Warmers Pattern.

View my Outlander Knitting Patterns here.

Photographed In Doune Castle

The photographs of this scarf were taken in and around Doune (pronounced ‘Doon’) castle in Scotland.

This castle was shown in Outlander season 1 as Castle Leoch, the fictional seat of clan MacKenzie.

During my recent Outlander tour – I thought this was the perfect location to do a photoshoot!

Related Post: Outlander Tour In Scotland Review From Edinburgh

Outlander Claire fur cowl knitted

The Yarn You Need – Faux Fur Yarn

The yarn I used to knit the cowl was Sirdar Alpine – Luxe Fur Effect Yarn 50g in the color Brindle 0403.

This yarn was super soft to knit with and produced a really warm and luxurious scarf to wear.

However, at times it proved very difficult to see what was happening with the stitches, and one time I dropped a stitch and couldn’t see how to fix it so had to pull it out to start over.

It also twisted easily when I joined in the round, so had to be very careful when doing that too.

Faux fur scarf

A Substitute Yarn You Can Use…

You can substitute this yarn with Lion Brand Go Faux Fur Yarn 100g.

This is a similar-weight yarn and may be easier for some of you to find.

Please note that the yarn I used came in 50g skeins and the Lion Brand yarn is 100g.

You can read more about substituting yarn in patterns here. – How To Substitute Yarn In A Knitting Pattern

More Yarn Substitutes

  • Knit Picks – Fable Fur
  • Cascade Yarns – Furliscious
  • Loops and Threads – Fur
  • King Cole – Tufty
  • Scheepjes – Furry Tales
  • James C Brett – Chinchilla
faux fur cowl

Faux Fur Scarf Pattern


The faux fur scarf knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

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Skill Level – Easy


Finished measurements – laying flat and unstretched = Length = 18 inches /  46 cm 

Width = 13 inches / 33 cm at the narrowest point (the neck) and 21 inches / 53 cm at the widest point (The shoulders).

You can easily adjust the size by casting on fewer or more stitches.

Gauge – 10×10 cm / 4×4 inches = 12 rows/8.5 sts

faux fur yarn


  • CO – Cast on
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit two stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
faux fur cowl feat image

Pattern Instructions

With 10 mm (US 15) 24″ circular needles, cast on 72 sts, join in the round and pm, being careful not to twist the sts.

Round 1: *K2, P2 – *rep to the end of the round.

Rep round 1 until your scarf is 8 inches long from the cast on edge.

The next section of the scarf is decreased in stages and knit in garter stitch.

You may have to change to 16″ circular needles if the scarf becomes too tight for you to knit on 24″ circular needles – or you can just use the magic loop technique. (View tutorial – Magic loop knitting | step by step)

  • Next round – *K10, K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round (66 sts).
  • Knit 6 rounds.
  • Next round – *K9, K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round (60 sts). 
  • Knit 6 rounds.
  • Next round – *K8, K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round (54 sts). 
  • Knit 5 rounds.
  • Next round – *K7, K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round (48 sts). 
  • Knit 5 rounds.
  • Next round – *K6, K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round (42 sts). 
  • Knit 5 rounds.

Cast off very loosely (going up a needle size if required).

Sew in all loose ends.

You can see more Outlander Knitting Patterns here.

Faux fur scarf

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I’d love to see your work.

Happy knitting!

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  1. Hello! I’m very interested in learning how to knit. I am SO inspired by many of the patterns I’ve seen you share. Especially this one! I’m curious to know if you have any tips/comments around substituting the faux fur yarn you suggested for real (mink or angora) fur knit yarn to make this cowl/scarf ? My intention is to make a cowl that looks as close to the original that Claire wears, but also, for aesthetic reasons I would prefer a less bulky cowl and don’t particularly like the chunkiness of the faux fur yarn.

    1. Hello Steph, thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy you like the patterns 🙂
      I’m not sure that you would be able to substitute the faux fur yarn for real fur to knit with (and I don’t support that idea because I love animals!) so faux fur is the way to go.
      I understand that the cowl/scarf that Claire wears in that episode does look like real fur, but I would think that it is faux fur that they styled to look like real fur.
      I saw this recently on the making of Unorthodox where they made hats for the men from faux fur but styled it and used hairspray etc to try and make it look like real fur.
      The faux fur yarn is a little difficult to work with but the end result is really soft and has a silky luxe feel to it.
      I really love mine and it was so warm, I wore it all around Scotland over New Year and it was great on the cold days!
      You could always knit a sample with this yarn before deciding?
      Happy Knitting!