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Outlander Cowl Knitting Pattern (Claire Season 1)

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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.

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

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Outlander Claire’s Cowl – Seen In Outlander Season 1

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

Inspired by the knitted cowl she wore during her travels into the past (the 18th Century), 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.

This pattern is part of my Outlander collection; the other Outlander knitting patterns are here.

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

Outlander Cowl Knitting Pattern

Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)

Notes

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 15 mm (US 19) knitting needles and the other is more chunky, knit on size 20 mm (US 35) knitting needles.

You can use the long tail cast on to make this basic cowl.

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Size Information

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.

Measurements

  • 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.

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The Supplies You Need…

Yarn

Needles

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

Notions

Abbreviations

Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK)

  • Cont – Continue
  • K – knit

Version 1 – Pattern Instructions

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

Row 1: Knit to the end of the row.

Cont to repeat row 1 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.

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This image shows version 1 of the cowl pattern

Version 2 – Pattern Instructions

With size 20 mm (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 repeat row 1 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.

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This image shows version 2 of the cowl pattern.

Grab The Ad-Free Printable PDF Pattern Here

How Do You Knit A Cowl Like The Ones In Outlander?

To knit a cowl like the ones seen in Outlander, you’ll want to aim for a thick and chunky design that provides warmth and coziness.

While the exact patterns used in the show may not be available, you can create a similar look by following these general steps:

  1. Choose the Right Yarn: Select a bulky or super bulky weight yarn that will create a substantial and cozy fabric. Look for yarn with a rustic or tweedy texture to evoke the rugged feel of the Outlander cowls.
  2. Select Needles: Choose knitting needles that are appropriate for the yarn you’ve selected. A needle size that produces a dense fabric is ideal for keeping the cold out.
  3. Cast On: Determine the desired width of your cowl and cast on an appropriate number of stitches. The number of stitches will depend on your gauge, yarn weight, and desired width.
  4. Knit in the Round: Use circular needles to knit your cowl in the round. This will create a seamless tube that can be worn comfortably around the neck.
  5. Choose a Stitch Pattern: Outlander cowls often feature simple stitch patterns that showcase the texture of the yarn. Consider using a basic stitch pattern like garter stitch, seed stitch, or ribbing for a classic look.
  6. Knit to Desired Length: Continue knitting in the round until your cowl reaches the desired length. The length can vary depending on whether you prefer a shorter neck warmer or a longer cowl that can be doubled around the neck for extra warmth.
  7. Bind Off: Once your cowl is the desired length, bind off your stitches and weave in any loose ends.
  8. Optional Embellishments: You can add buttons, toggles, or other closures to your cowl for added style and versatility.

By following these general guidelines, you can create a knitted cowl reminiscent of the ones worn in Outlander.

Feel free to experiment with different yarns, stitch patterns, and lengths to customize your cowl to your liking.

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14 Comments

  1. Dear Louise: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR BEAUTIFUL PATTERNS!

    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!
      Louise

  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!
      Louise

  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.
      Thanks,
      Louise

  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!
      Louise

  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!
      Louise