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Fraser Tartan Scarf Knitting Pattern


In this post, you will the Fraser Tartan Scarf Knitting Pattern.

It is made in one long piece, knit flat (back and forth) on straight knitting needles.

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A Scarf With A Woven Tartan Knitted Fabric

This scarf is knit in colored stripes and the tartan effect is created by weaving different colored yarns through the knitted fabric.

You can use strands of the same colors you knit the stripes with or coordinate colors.

I used a mix of both because I wanted to get the colors to match the Fraser Tartan from Outlander as closely as possible.

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knitted scarf with fringing

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Fraser tartan scarf knit with plaid weaving

The yarn I used

I made the scarf using bulky yarn, this is medium 05 yarn.

I used Cascade 220 yarn knit with two strands together.

Any bulky/chunky/12-ply yarn that can be used with 8mm (US 11) needles will be okay to use for this pattern.

tartan scarf yarn colors
Knitted plaid scarf with fringe

More Outlander Patterns

For more Outlander knitting patterns inspired by knits worn by the characters on the show take a look here – The Outlander Pattern Library and here for more Outlander Men’s Knits.

You may also like these patterns for more Fraser Tartan…

Knitted plaid scarf and ribbed beanie

Grab The Men’s Pattern Bundle With 10 x Patterns Here


The Fraser Tartan Scarf Knitting Pattern will allow you to create a long scarf in the style of Jamie Fraser’s large tartan shawl/wrap seen in all seasons of the Outlander series.

  • The scarf is worked flat in back-and-forth rows.
  • The first stitch of each row is slipped to create a clean selvedge edge.
  • Do not carry the unused color up the side of the work.
  • Vertical stripes are woven in after the knitted base of the scarf is complete.
  • The fringe is added by creating tassels.
  • The yarn (Cascade 220) is knit with two strands together – for the main scarf piece and for weaving the plaid.

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mens scarf knitting pattern

Skill Level – Easy

Gauge – 10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 inches =  12 sts/20 rows in garter stitch.


  • One size
  • The scarf measures – lying flat and un-stretched:
  • Length – 64 inches / 163 cm
  • Width – 9 inches / 23 cm
  • You may want to make the scarf shorter/longer or wider depending on your own preference.
simple scarf knitting pattern

The Supplies You Need


Yarn – Cascade 220 /100g/219 yds/200m.

  • Yarn A – Beige 2441 x 1
  • Yarn B – Brown 8013 x 1
  • Yarn C – Red 1000 x 1
  • Yarn D – Mustard – 4010 x 1
  • Yarn E – Grey – 8401 x 1
  • Yarn F – Dark Brown – 2431 x 1

Yarn notes

  • Please note that the yarn used is 100% wool.
  • You can substitute with any yarn that can be paired up with the needle size below.
  • Yarn weight – Medium Weight Yarn 04/Worsted/Aran/10 Ply.
  • The yarn is knit with two strands together.




Knit plaid scarf and hat

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • Beg – Beginning
  • Cont – Continue
  • CO – Cast on
  • Foll – Following
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • St – Stitch
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side
Fraser tartan scarf knit with plaid weaving

Scarf Pattern

*Always slip the first st of every row purlwise to get a nice finished edge.

With Yarn A Cast on 26 sts.

  • In Yarn A – K 12 rows slip the 1st stitch purlwise.
  • Change to Yarn B – K 2 rows.
  • Change to Yarn A – K 12 rows.
  • Change to Yarn C – K 2 rows.
  • Change to Yarn B – K 12 rows.
  • Change to Yarn D – K 2 rows.
  • Change to Yarn E – K 24 rows.
  • Change to Yarn D – K 2 rows.
  • Change to Yarn B – K 12 rows.
  • Change to Yarn C – K 2 rows.

Rep the color sequence above until you have worked it 3 times more.

*Please see the color chart below for the color repeat sequence.

You will then repeat the following:

  • Change to Yarn A – K 12 rows.
  • Change to Yarn B – K 2 rows.
  • Change to Yarn A – K 12 rows.

Cast off.

Weave in all of the ends.

Tartan scarf lay flat

Creating The Tartan Look

Once you have finished the length of the scarf, you will start to weave yarn through the knitted fabric to create the tartan effect.

I have used a full weaving technique across the entire scarf to create a plaid/tartan effect that completely transforms the fabric.

weaving tartan into the shawl


Lie the scarf out flat on a table (desk, dining table, or floor) so that you can weave it easily.

Long strands of yarn are now woven vertically to create the plaid effect.

You will need to use three colors:

  • Yarn C (red)
  • Yarn D (mustard)
  • Yarn F (dark brown)

TIP > I didn’t cut the length of yarn I was using, not until I had finished weaving it through the fabric.

  • Get two strands together – The best way to do this is to pull the center end out of the ball and hold it together with the outer end so you can use two lengths at a time.
  • There is a repeat pattern of the colors that you are weaving.
  • You can of course change this if you want to create a different color scheme or pattern of weaving.

The repeat pattern is like this:

  • Yarn D (red)
  • Yarn F (brown)
  • Yarn F (brown)
  • Yarn C (mustard)
  • Miss 2 rows
  • Yarn C (mustard)
  • Yarn F (brown)
  • Yarn F (brown)
  • Yarn D (red)
  • Miss 2 rows
  • Yarn F (brown)
  • Yarn F (brown)
  • Miss 2 rows
  • This repeats so you will do a rotation of the colors in this pattern until you reach the left side of the scarf.
  • TIP – You can start from the center of the scarf with Yarn C and then work out from there, as you can see in the photo below.
Weaving plaid on the tartan scarf

Video Tutorial

  • You can see a video tutorial here on my YouTube channel.
  • Start at the cast-on edge at the bottom right-hand side, and begin weaving vertically into the first st along the left edge (the first garter st bump)in from the slipped st edge), going under and over two rows at a time.
  • Pull the lengths through so that they are even at either end of the piece.
  • If you want to start off with an edge color in brown, thread Yarn F (brown) double-strand onto the needle and weave into the 2nd st along the right edge, going under and over the garter st bumps to create a woven effect.
  • As an alternative – You may want to start from the middle and work your way out from there on either side.
  • Miss two rows, then thread Yarn D double-strand onto the needle and weave into the opposing st along the row, this time going under and over the opposite row already done to create a woven effect.
  • Continue with double strands of each color, following the repeated color pattern.
  • Weaving under and over opposite the rows each time.
  • You can use a ruler to help guide you with the row you are working on if you need to.
weaving plaid into a knitted shawl


The Fringe

  • Using Yarn A – Cut double-strand lengths of yarn approx – 12 inches/31cms long.
  • Using a crochet hook, hook through the edge of the shawl from the underside.
  • Double the strands into a loop and pull through the stitch with your hook.
  • Pull the ends of the yarn through the loop and secure it.
  • Repeat all along the edge of the fabric.
  • You can weave in the colored strands left from the weaving of the tartan plaid or you can leave them longer to mix in with your fringe.
  • Once you have finished your fringe you can trim it to an even length.

Video Tutorial

To see how the fringe is created, please watch this video tutorial here.

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Tassels on blanket shawl

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