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Fraser Tartan Shawl Knitting Pattern


The Fraser Tartan Shawl Knitting Pattern will allow you to create a large blanket shawl in the style of Jamie Fraser’s large tartan shawl seen in all seasons of the Outlander series.

The shawl is knit in a series of stripes and then the plaid effect is woven into the shawl afterward.

There is a step-by-step below on how to create the woven plaid and tassels.

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

Fraser Tartan Shawl

Outlander Tartan

The shawl’s colors and designs were inspired by the Fraser Tartan seen in the Outlander series.

With more muted colors than the MacKenzie tartan, the shawl could be worked up in any color.

I chose colors from the Cascade 220 palette that I thought would match with the tartan as you can see below.

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More Outlander Knitting Patterns

Claire Fraser’s costumes have motivated many knitters to make shawls, infinity scarves, and more throughout the five seasons that have aired so far.

I wanted to make an Outlander collection of knits that are inspired by both Claire and her daughter Brianna, from Sontag shawls, mittens, and scarves.

Seen worn below with the Outlander beret which is also a free pattern on my blog, you can find that here – Beret Knitting Pattern (Beginner Friendly!)

Check out all of the Outlander free knitting patterns here. – Outlander Pattern Library


You can see a roundup of Outlander Knitting Patterns here. – Outlander Patterns {Beginner + Intermediate}

There are also the Outlander Pattern Collection Ebooks you can view in my shop below:

You may also like this matching dog sweater – Fraser Tartan Dog Sweater Pattern. And this Fraser Tartan Scarf Knitting Pattern.

Tartan knitted dog sweater


The Fraser tartan shawl knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

  • The shawl 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 shawl is complete.
  • The fringe is added by creating tassels.
  • The yarn is knit with two strands together for the shawl and also when you weave the plaid.

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Size Information

  • One size
  • The shawl measures – lying flat and un-stretched:
  • Length – 64 inches/163 cm
  • Width – 28 inches/71 cm
  • You may want to make the shawl longer or wider depending on your own preference.
  • If you do decide to make it longer and wider – this will be a good throw blanket!

Gauge – 10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 inches= 12 sts/24 rows in garter stitch.

knitted plaid shawl

The Supplies You Need


  • Yarn – Cascade 220/100g/219 yds/200m.
  • Yarn A – Beige 2441 x 3
  • Yarn B – Brown 8013 x 3
  • Yarn C – Red 1000 x 1
  • Yarn D – Mustard – 4010 x 1
  • Yarn E – Grey – 8401 x 3
  • Yarn F – Dark Brown – 2431 x 1

Yarn notes

  • Please note that the yarn used is 100% wool.
  • You can substitute with any Aran/worsted/10-ply yarn.
  • Yarn weight – Medium Weight Yarn 04/Worsted/Aran/10 Ply (Yarn Weight Guide (+ Conversion Chart))
  • This yarn is knit with two strands together.





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

Pattern Instructions

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

With Yarn A Cast on 80 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.

fraser tartan shawl chart

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.

Creating The Tartan Look

  • Once you have finished the main body of the shawl, you will start to weave yarn through the length of the shawl to create the tartan effect.
  • I have used a full weaving technique across the entire shawl to create a plaid/tartan effect that completely transforms the fabric.
  • You can see a tutorial on my YouTube channel here.


Lie the shawl 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:

  1. Yarn D (red)
  2. Yarn F (brown)
  3. Yarn F (brown)
  4. Yarn C (mustard)
  5. Miss 2 rows
  6. Yarn C (mustard)
  7. Yarn F (brown)
  8. Yarn F (brown)
  9. Yarn D (red)
  10. Miss 2 rows
  11. Yarn F (brown)
  12. Yarn F (brown)
  13. Miss 2 rows
Tassels on blanket shawl

This repeats so you will do a rotation of the colors in this pattern until you reach the left side of the shawl.

You may want to do 1 strand of Yarn F on either side of the shawl as an edge – then start 2 rows in with Yarn D after that.

Or you may want to start from the middle of the shawl and work out on either side. (For the demonstration below I am using a knitted sample)

Step 1

  • 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 shawl.
  • Below are a photo and a sketch from my sketchbook of the color pattern that will be woven into the shawl.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

weaving tartan into the shawl

Step 4

  • Continue with double strands of each color, following the repeat 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 B – Cut double-strand lengths of yarn approx – 12 inches/31 cm 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 weaving 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.
  • You can see a tutorial on my YouTube channel here.

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Fraser tartan shawl knitting pattern

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  1. Hello, this is a very beautiful pattern, i can’t believe how simple it is to create a pretty plaid blanket..
    I have 2 questions,
    would wool ease yarn work with this pattern?
    And what type tension should be used to thread thru the lines creating the plaid look?
    Your directions and tips were very helpful and I can’t wait to begin this after i complete the sweater i am knitting that you featured.
    thank you for a beautiful pattern.

    1. Hello Jen,
      You could try using wool-ease with this pattern – if you use two strands together it will be ok, but it’s not as soft as the cascade (in my opinion).
      And you want to keep the tension a little loose when you are weaving the colors through the knitted fabric.
      You will see as you start to do that you can pull it through and adjust it as you work, so it’s easy to correct if you have pulled it too tight.
      I hope that helps and that you enjoy the pattern!
      Louise 🙂

    1. Hello Leigh Ann,
      Just the same as when using straight needles, I only changed colors on the right side of the work, so that the dash line is showing only on the wrong side of the work.
      I used circulars, not to knit in the round, but to accommodate a large number of stitches and to help hold the weight of the piece as it grew.
      I hope that helps!