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Journeycake Sontag Shawl Knitting Pattern


In this post, you will see the Journeycake Sontag Shawl Knitting Pattern.

Inspired by the shawl Claire wears in Outlander Season 5, seen in episode 8, ‘Famous Last Words’, and episode 11, ‘Journeycake’.

This pattern will allow you to create a large triangle scarf with a scalloped/shell crochet border in the design that can be worn tied behind your back/waist.

Scroll down to view the free pattern, or purchase a printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.

Outlander Claire Shawl

The shawl’s colors and designs were inspired by the Sontag shawl worn by Claire during season 5 of the Outlander series.

With brown and green colors similar to those seen in the show, this shawl could be worked up in any color you choose.

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

If you are looking for more shawl patterns, you may like these patterns

Outlander Journeycake 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.

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

You can grab all of my Outlander knitting patterns in this Ebook here – The Ultimate Outlander Knitting Pattern Collection

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Journeycake Sontag Shawl Knitting Pattern

Skill Level – Intermediate


The main body of this shawl is knit, the border in the green yarn you can see on the shawl is crochet.

You need to have a little crochet knowledge in order to do this.

Video Tutorial

If you would like to see a video tutorial to help you to create the crochet shell border please visit my YouTube channel here.

Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute, or republish this pattern. 
  • If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
  • In all product listings, please credit Handy Little Me (Louise Bollanos) as the designer.
  • For the copyright T&C, please read my Terms of Use.

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 dividing the sections.

The smallest sizes will result in the shawl meeting in the middle of your waist; the larger sizes will allow you to wrap the shawl around your body and tie at the back of the waist.

  • M – Width tip to tip – 70 inches/178 cm
  • M – Length – top to bottom = 36 inches/91 cm
  • You can add fewer or more stitches to adjust the size to increase or decrease.
  • Add fewer by – 40 stitches and more by + 40 sts.
  • Where you can adjust the size is noted in the pattern.

Gauge – 10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 inches = 16 sts and 32 rows in garter stitch.


The Supplies You Need


Yarn notes

  • Please note that Yarn A is the main color – needed to knit the shawl.
  • Yarn B is needed for the crochet border.


  • 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.
  • Spare cable (100cm/40″) with two end caps (to hold sts).



  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holder (or spare cable with end caps to hold sts)
Outlander Claire shawl with crochet border


Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK)

  • Beg – beginning
  • Cont – continue
  • Foll – following
  • K – knit
  • K2tog – knit the next 2 stitches together
  • YO – yarn over needle
  • PM – place marker
  • SM – slip marker
  • Rem – remaining
  • Rep – repeat

Sontag Shawl Pattern Instructions

  • Yarn A – Copper Heather (Brown)
  • Yarn B – Smoke Heather (Green crochet shell border)

With Yarn A – Cast on 3 sts.

  • Row 1: Knit.
  • Row 2: K1, YO, PM, K1, YO, K1. (5 sts)
  • Row 3: K to end slipping marker.
  • Row 4: K to marker, YO, SM, K1, YO, K to end.
  • Rep rows 3 and 4 until there are: *165 (S)/185 sts (M)/225 (L)/245+ (XL)
  • (The M size is seen in the photos).

*This is where you can adjust the size.

  • If you stop at 165 sts this will be an S – small size.
  • If you stop at 185 sts this will be the M – medium size.
  • If you want to make the L size you will need approx – 225 sts.
  • For the XL/XXL size, you will need approx – 245+ sts.
  • You can add fewer or more stitches to adjust the size.
  • Add fewer by – 40 stitches and more by + 40 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.

Finish The Right Section

  • Row 1: K to 5 sts before the center spine marker, K2tog, PM, K1, K2tog (remove center marker).
  • Place the rem sts (the left side) on a stitch holder or spare cable with caps.
  • Turn the shawl to continue working on the right section.
  • Row 2: K to the end of the row.
  • Row 3: K to 2 sts before the marker, K2tog, SM, K2, turn.
  • Row 4: Rep row 2.
  • Rep rows 3 and 4 until you have 3 sts left.
  • Cast off the rem 3 sts.

Finish The Left Section

Place sts from the spare cable or stitch holder onto the working needles/cable.

Start at the center spine and join Yarn A to the first st.

  • Row 1: With Yarn, K2, PM, K to the end of the row.
  • Row 2: K until 2 sts before the marker, K2tog, SM, K2.
  • Row 3: K to the end of the row.
  • Rep rows 2 and 3 until you have 3 sts left.
  • Cast off.
  • Weave in all loose ends.

Extension Ties

You may want to make 2 long knitted ties that can be stitched to the corner points of your shawl to help you tie it behind your waist and stay secure.

*This is optional – I did not attach the extension ties to the shawl in the photographs.

For the ties (Make 2)

  • Use Yarn B and Cast on 3 sts.
  • Knit every row until the length of the tie measures 12 inches.
  • Cast off.
  • This can be made longer or shorter.
  • Stitch to the corner points of the shawl.

Crochet Abbreviations (US Terms)  

Crochet Abbreviations And Terms (US + UK)

  • CH – Chain
  • SC – Single crochet
  • DC – Double crochet
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St – Stitch
  • SS – Slip stitch

The Scalloped/Shell Crochet Border

You can watch a video tutorial for help on my YouTube channel here.

Use Yarn B and your 5 mm (US 8/H-8) Hook.

With the right side of the shawl facing you.

  • Starting at a corner point, SC into every stitch around each edge of the shawl, ch 1, turn, rep, and SC into every st again to the end of the shawl.
  • (You will have 2 rows of single crochet on the 3 sides of the shawl border).
  • Ch 1, turn, SC, skip 1st, work 5 DC’s into the 3rd st from the hook, Skip 1 st, work 1 SC into the next st, skip 1st, work 5 DC’s into the next st.
  • Rep the sequence of working 1 SC, skip 1 t, work 5 DC’s into the next st, skip 1st, work 1 SC into the next st.
  • Repeat until you return to where you started at the beginning of the shell border, SS into the last st.
  • Cut the yarn and fasten it off securely.
  • Weave in any loose ends.
Journeycake sontag shawl knitting pattern

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I’d love to see your work.

Happy knitting!

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