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Jenny’s Shawl Knitting Pattern (Outlander Knit)


This shawl knitting pattern is inspired by Jenny’s shawl from Outlander worn by Jenny Murray, loaned to Mary McNab when she visits Jamie in the cave and later seen on Janet, Jenny’s daughter.

This pattern will allow you to create a large triangle shawl with a ruffled edge/border.

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

Jenny's shawl knitting pattern

Ruffle Shawl

The shawl has a very softly ruffled edge that is worked by completing a series of short rows.

If you are new to short row shaping you can watch a video tutorial showing you how to do this on my YouTube channel here.

This will help you to see how easy it is to create this ruffle edging on the shawl.

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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.

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

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

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



The main body of this shawl is knit from one side to the other.

The ruffle is created along the edge of the shawl through short-row shaping.

You can watch a video tutorial showing you how to do this on my YouTube channel here. 

The ruffle is created in one piece with the shawl it is not added separately.

For neater edges, you may want to slip 1 purlwise at the beginning of every row.

Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute, or republish this pattern.
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  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • Do NOT use copyrighted photos for your product listing.
  • In all product listings please credit Handy Little Me (Louise Bollanos) as the designer.
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Size Information

*Please note – these sizes are just a rough guide, you can knit this shawl until it is comfortable for you to wear.

Test it out against yourself to see if you want to make the length shorter or longer before casting off.

  • M – Width tip to tip – 65 inches/165 cm
  • M – Length – top to bottom = 28 inches/71 cm
  • You can add fewer or more stitches to adjust the size to increase or decrease.
  • Add fewer by – 10 stitches and more by + 10 sts.
  • Where you are able to adjust the size is noted in the pattern.

Gauge – 10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 inches = 18 sts and 28 rows in garter stitch. 


The supplies you need…


  • Yarn Used – Cascade 220/100% wool – Iridescence (8872).
  • Yarn – 100g/219 yards/200m x 3 (S) x 4 (M) 5 (L/XL) x 6+ (XL/XXL).
  • Yarn weight – Medium weight 04/Worsted/Aran/10 Ply.
  • Please note – The shawl in the photographs is size M – and used 4 skeins of Cascade 220 yarn.


  • 5mm (US 8) knitting needles.
  • I used my interchangeable circular needles on a 100cm/40′′ cable as there were many stitches.
  • I did not join in the round to knit.



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

  • Beg – Beginning
  • Cont – Continue
  • Foll – Following
  • K – Knit
  • KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch (increase)
  • PM – Place marker
  • SSK – Slip, slip, knit (decrease)
  • SM – Slip marker
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side
  • W+T – Wrap and turn
Outlander Jenny's shawl front view

Pattern Instructions

Cast on 15 sts.

  • Row 1: (WS) Knit.
  • Row 2: (RS) Knit.
  • Row 3: K10, W+T,
  • Row 4: Knit.
  • Row 5: K5, W+T,
  • Row 6: Knit.
  • Row 7: Knit.
  • Row 8: K2, KFB, PM, K12.
  • Row 9: Rep rows 3-7 (slipping the marker as you knit).
  • Row 10: K to the 1st st before the marker, KFB, SM, K12.
  • Rep rows 9 and 10 until you have *118 sts, slipping the marker as you work.

Please note – You will rep rows-3-7 when you come to row 9 – then after that, you will work row 10.

Next, you will rep rows 9 and 10 – until you have the number of sts required.

You don’t need to work row 8 again once you start row 9.

There will always be 12 stitches below the marker on the ruffle end.

*This is where you can adjust the size.

  • If you stop at 118 sts this will be a S/M – small/medium size.
  • If you stop at 124+ sts this will be the M – medium size.
  • If you want to make the L size you will need approx – 134+ sts.
  • For the XL/XXL size, you will need approx – 144+ sts.
  • You can add fewer or more stitches to adjust the size.
  • Add fewer by – 10 stitches and more by + 10 sts.
  • You can adjust the stitches according to your size.
  • The larger the shawl, the easier it will be to tie behind your back/waist.

Start To Decrease

  • Row 1 (WS): Work rows 3-7
  • Row 2 (RS): K to the last 2 sts before the marker, SSK, SM, K12.
  • Rep rows 1 and 2 for the decreases until you have 15 sts left.
  • Cast off 15 sts.
  • Weave in all loose ends.

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Jenny's shawl knitting pattern

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