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Outlander Cowl Knitting Pattern (Claire Season 1)


The Outlander cowl knitting pattern will allow you to create a large cozy knitted cowl in the style of Claire.

You will have seen this cowl/scarf that Claire wears in season 1, episode 3 ‘The Way Out’.

There are two versions of the pattern – knit on different size needles.


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This pattern is part of my Outlander collection, you can see the other Outlander patterns here.

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Outlander Clare cowl knitting pattern

Outlander Claire’s Cowl – Seen In Outlander Season 1

If you have been watching the Outlander TV series, in season one, Claire wore a very distinctive chunky knit cowl.

Inspired by the knitted cowl she wears during her travels into the past, this is knit in garter stitch.

The design of this cowl is made in one piece, then seamed, so that you can wrap it around your neck twice.

Outlander Claire
Claire Fraser wearing her knitted cowl (above). Image Source – Starz

The Design Inspiration – Claire’s Cowl Outlander

Inspired by Claire Fraser wearing beautiful knitted pieces, the cowl is a great beginner project.

If you have never knit anything before, this would be a really easy accessory for you to begin with.

The Claire cowl is knit on large needles with super bulky yarn, in one long piece.

The ends are then sewn together to make it into one piece that can easily be wrapped around the neck twice.



Claire’s cowl knitting pattern will allow you to create a large chunky scarf that can be wrapped around your neck twice.

There are two versions of the pattern; one cowl is knit on size 15mm (US 19) knitting needles and the other is more chunky, knit on size 20mm (US 35) knitting needles.

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Outlander Claire cowl

Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)

Gauge (in garter stitch)

  • 10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 12 sts and 10 rows for version 1.
  • 10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 5 sts and 10 rows for version 2.


  • Version 1 – Width = 9.5 inches / 24 cm.
  • Length (laying flat before seaming) = 52 inches / 132 cm.
  • Version 2 – Width = 13 inches / 33 cm.
  • Length = (laying flat before seaming) = 56 inches / 143 cm.
  • You can make it longer depending on your own preferences.

*You can make it longer or shorter depending on your own preferences.


The Supplies You Need…



  • 15 mm (US 19) knitting needles for version 1.
  • 20mm (US 35) knitting needles for version 2.


Abbreviations  / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • Cont – Continue
  • K – knit
This image shows version 1 of the cowl pattern

Version 1 – Pattern

With size 15mm (US 19) needles and using a single strand of yarn cast on 16 sts.

Row 1: Knit to the end of the row.

Cont to knit every row until the yarn is nearly finished, leave enough to cast off, or when the length of the scarf measures approx 51 inches / 131 cm.

*You can make it longer depending on your own preferences but you will need more yarn.

Cast off.

Seam the two ends together to make an infinity scarf.

Sew in all loose ends.

This image shows version 2 of the cowl pattern.

Version 2 – Pattern

With size, 20mm (US 35) needles and using two strands of yarn together cast on 18 sts.

Row 1: Knit to the end of the row.

Cont to knit every row until the yarn is nearly finished, leaving enough yarn to cast off.

*You can make it longer depending on your own preferences but you will need more yarn.

Cast off.

Seam the two ends together to make an infinity scarf.

Sew in all loose ends.

View more Outlander Knitting Patterns here.

Outlander cowl

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    It is so kind of you to unselfishly post these patterns for free so that so many people can have them to enjoy them.. In a pay it forward act, I’m gonna make some cowls and give them to a needy cause in my area.

    1. Hello Sue, thank you so much for your kind words and I am so happy you like the patterns. I think making some knitted items for others is a wonderful idea and they will definitely appreciate them at this time of the year. Have a great Christmas 🙂 cheers, Louise

  2. Can you please tell me which version I’m seeing in the photos? Version 1 (9.5 inches x 52 inches), or Version 2 (13 inches x 56 inches)?

    1. Hello Sue,
      I just added underneath the photos in the pattern which versions they are.
      The closer-knit scarf/cowl is version 1 and the chunkier knit is version 2.
      I hope that helps!

  3. Thank you for the beautiful patterns. I have been looking at this one for a week and reading comments from previous instructions that you have posted. In one of them, you mentioned in a reply to a question that you use the two different size needle to knit the one cowl. Now, in this version, there is no mention of that. Also, I would like to adjust the pattern so the I can cover my shoulders when need be. Shoulder to shoulder, I am 19 inches. Can you tell me how many stitches I would have to cast on? I was able to find the needles on e-Bay. Thank you for taking the time. Danielle.

    1. Hello Danielle,
      There was a version of the pattern from a couple of years ago where I used two different-sized needles.
      Now there are two versions of the pattern, one that uses 15 mm (US 19) needles and one that uses 20 mm (US 35).
      As for the width – you can cast on more stitches and measure as you add them to get the width of the scarf you want.
      For the length – that can also be adjusted – you can make it shorter or longer.
      If it’s longer it will be looser and easier to wrap around the neck.
      I hope that helps!

  4. Hello,

    Is there an error in the amount of balls of yarn that is required? It says in the pattern 124 ! Or am I misunderstanding it? Please reply as I would like to purchase the yarn fairly soon. Thank you for the instructions and photos are great!

    1. Hello Gaynor,
      124 is the number of the yarn color – Barley 124.
      It says next to it you need 2 skeins.
      I amended it to make it more clear.

  5. Hi! Thanks so much for sharing this! If I want to make it longer, would I simply knit another section separately with a new ball of yarn and then sew that and my first piece together?

    1. Hello Nadia,
      Yes, to make it longer, you can keep knitting until you have your required length and then seam.
      I hope that helps!

  6. Thanks for the pattern
    I have a large supply ofBernat
    Softee chunky

    Does anyone know if I can use this instead of the lion brand
    It is a 6 but I wonder if all 6 yarn is the same

    1. Hello Carol,
      I think it may be a little thick for this project, but you could give it a try and see how it works.
      Happy knitting!