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Outlander Shawl Pattern (Clare Fraser Shawl)


This Outlander shawl pattern will allow you to create a large triangle shawl.

Inspired by the crossover shawl Claire is wearing in Outlander season 4, episode 6 ‘Blood of my blood’.

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

Outlander shawl pattern

Inspired By The Outlander Knits

If you have been watching the Outlander TV series, in season four, Claire has worn a few very distinctive crossover triangle shawls.

Inspired by the shawl Claire wears crossed over her body and worn with a brown leather belt, the triangle-shaped shawl is knit in garter stitch.

The design of the shawl is made so that you can easily cross it over your body.

You can adapt the length if you wish to make it longer to be able to tie it at the back.

This pattern is part of my Outlander collection, you can see the other Outlander patterns here. – Outlander Patterns {Beginner + Intermediate}

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Claire’s Shawl Outlander – Seen In Season 4

Inspired by Claire Fraser wearing beautiful knitted pieces, the triangle wrap is knit by working from the bottom up.

The shawl will grow in size through a series of increases that occur through KFB (knitting into the front and back of a stitch).

This is an easy way to create a knitted shawl and it can be made in various sizes.

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What Kind Of Shawl Does Claire Wear In Outlander?

Claire Randall, the main character in the TV series “Outlander,” is often seen wearing a particular type of knitted shawl known as the “Rent Shawl”.

This shawl plays a significant role in the story and becomes one of Claire’s signature accessories throughout the show.

Claire receives the shawl as a gift from Mrs. Fitzgibbons and wears it frequently throughout the series.

The Rent Shawl not only serves as a practical garment for Claire, providing warmth and protection during her time in the 18th Century Scottish Highlands, but it also holds sentimental value, as it reminds her of her bond with Mrs. Fitzgibbons and her life in the past.

It’s important to note that the show’s costume designers and historical consultants made efforts to ensure accuracy in the clothing and accessories, including the knitted items like the Rent Shawl.

View the pattern for this shawl here – Claire’s Rent Shawl Knitting Pattern

Outlander Rent shawl

The Needles You Need

  •  I used 8 mm (US 11) 40-inch/100cm circular knitting needles for this pattern.
  • Using circular needles with a long cable is needed to accommodate a large number of stitches.
  • I recommend using a larger size needle to cast off – this helps to keep the stitches loose.
  • The size I recommend to cast off is 10mm (US 15) needles – if you have interchangeable needles this will be easy for you to do.
Outlander shawl

The Yarn You Need

  • I used Classic Alize Lanagold (100g (3.53 oz)/240mt (262 yards) – in the color 373 – Brown for the shawl.
  • This yarn is a wool/acrylic blend and very soft to the touch.
  • I knit with two strands together.
  • You can substitute this yarn with any yarn that is bulky weight (05)/chunky/12 Ply or by using two strands of medium weight yarn (04)/Aran weight/Worsted weight/10 Ply together.
  • See Alize Lanagold yarn substitutes here.
Outlander Claire shawl

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This triangle shawl pattern is great for any beginner knitter.

Video Tutorial

There is a video tutorial to show you how to start knitting the shawl.

You can see this over on my YouTube channel here.

Outlander shawl knitted

Outlander Shawl Knitting Pattern


Make a shawl worthy of the Scottish highlands just like the main character of Outlander wears in season one of the hit TV series.

This is an easy pattern that makes a great accessory you can wear during the colder months.

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 copyrighted photos for your product listing.
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Skill Level – Easy


10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 11 sts and 22 rows in garter stitch.


  • S  – width tip to tip – 68 inches / 173 cm
  • Length – top to bottom = 29 inches / 74 cm

You can keep knitting this triangle shawl until you can wear it comfortably, the stitch counts in the pattern are just a guide.

clare fraser shawl

The Supplies You Need…



  • 8 mm (US 11) knitting needles – I used my interchangeable circular needles on a 24″ cable as there were many stitches – I did not join in the round to knit.
  • 10 mm (US 15) interchangeable circular needles to cast off.


Claires shawl outlander

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

  • Beg – beginning
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – knit
  • KFB – Knit into the front and back of a stitch (increase)
  • Rep – Repeat

Pattern Instructions

Row 1: Cast on 1 st.

Row 2 (RS): KFB.

Row 3 (WS): Knit to end of row.

Row 4: KFB, K to end of row.

Row 5: Knit to end of row.

Rep rows 4 and 5 until you have – Small = 110sts / Medium = 130 / Large = 150sts

*You can cont to work rows 4 and 5 until you can wear the scarf comfortably, the stitch counts are just a guide.

Cast off loosely – go up a needle size and use 10mm (US 15) needles if required.

Sew in all loose ends.

You can view more Outlander Knitting Patterns here.

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I’d love to see your work.

Happy knitting!

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    1. Hello Wendy, for now, I only have the patterns for you to purchase and download as an ebook. You could always have them printed out and bound? Many of my readers have done this. Thanks, Louise 🙂

  1. Hi . Thanks for the pattern . However , this seems misleading . The photos all show a small collar but the pattern doesn’t seem to include it . Are the photos of a different shawl , and if so , what is it called ? Thanks

    1. Hello Shelley, the small collar you can see in the photographs is the edge of the shawl turned over when worn. This does not have a separate knitted collar, the edge of the shawl can be worn turned over like this or not. Like many of the shawls that Claire is seen wearing in outlander, many of them are worn with the edges of the shawls turned in or under to form some sort of collar or edge. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  2. Hello! And thank you for the patterns. The first thing I thought of while watching Outlander was “I want to knit that” (every knit item that Clair wears!).
    Anyway, my question is…since you say that you use 2 strands together, does that mean if you use a bulky yarn you will need half the number of balls of yarn that you indicated? So for the large you say 10…so would I need 5? I’m new to knitting, and I think it might be easier if I’m only using one strand.

    1. Hello Leigh, yes if you use bulky weight 05 yarn (chunky yarn) with one strand you will need half of the given amount of yarn for your size.
      I used a medium weight with two strands together – as I really loved that colour and thought it was perfect for the shawl.
      I hope that helps and I’m so happy you like the patterns!
      Happy Knitting,

  3. Hi there! I’m excited to make this as a request for a good friend of mine. What’s the cast on number of stitches? It says 1 here…. thank you!

    1. Hello Tammi,
      Yes, you cast on 1 stitch then you will increase – you will grow the shawl through a number of increases.
      There is a video tutorial Youtube link in the post that will show you how to start knitting the shawl if you need help.
      Happy knitting!

    1. Hello Annie,
      This shawl is knit from the side – so you will start at a side corner point and build on it from there with the increases.
      Happy knitting!

  4. Not quote sure how you get the other front “point”. Do you need to decrease once you get to the desired width? If you see what I mean.

    1. Hello Shirley,
      There are no decreases, the way the shawl is knit with the increases on one side only, results in a large triangle.
      You will have many stitches (say 130) when you cast off and the cast off edge will be the other side leading to the other corner point of the shawl.
      You can knit a small sample to see how that looks before you start if you wish to see how it takes shape.
      I hope that helps!