In this post, you will see the Sassenach Tassel Shawl Knitting Pattern.
A replica of Claire’s shawl seen worn in Outlander season 1 episode 8 ‘Both Sides Now’, episode 10 ‘By The Pricking Of My Thumbs’ and episode 15 ‘Wentworth Prison’.
This pattern will allow you to create a large triangle shawl with a tassel stitched to each corner point.
Scroll down for the free pattern or you can purchase a printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.
Shawl With Tassels
The shawls colours and design were inspired by the shawl worn by Claire during season 1 in the Outlander series.
With a textured brown yarn similar to the shawl seen in the show, this project could be worked up in any colour of your choice.
I paired the shawl with a wooden shawl pin but it can be worn in many ways.
If you are looking for more shawl patterns you may like these patterns
- Claire’s Carolina Shawl
- Claire’s Rent Shawl.
- Journeycake Sontag Shawl Knitting Pattern
- Fraser’s Ridge Outlander Shawl Pattern
- Shawls and Wraps Category
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.
There are also the Outlander Pattern Collection Ebooks you can view in my shop below:
- The Ultimate Outlander Collection – With 39 Knitting Patterns.
- Outlander Pattern Collection 2020 – With 18 Knitting Patterns
- Outlander Pattern Collection 2019 – With 21 Knitting Patterns
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for any beginner to advanced beginner knitters.
- You should be comfortable casting on and casting off, as well as knitting in garter stitch.
- How to KFB.
- You should also be comfortable reading knitting patterns.
- And understanding knitting abbreviations and terms.
Sassenach Tassel Shawl Knitting Pattern
Skill Level – Easy
The main body of this shawl is knit from the bottom up and grows through a number of increases.
There are three tassels made in the same yarn which are stitched to each corner pint of the shawl when it is finished.
- 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.
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.
You can wear the shawl over your shoulders, wrapped into your shoulders as Claire wears it or to close with a shawl pin.
- M – Width tip to tip – 58 inches/147 cm
- M – Length – top to bottom = 31 inches/78 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 = 10 sts/15 rows
- Yarn – 100g/106 yards/97m x 3 (S) x 4 (M) 5 (L/XL) x 6+ (XL/XXL)
- Yarn weight – Super Bulky 06/Super Chunky/14 Ply.
Please note that the yarn used is Super Bulky/Super Chunky/14 Ply and gives a heavy look to the shawl.
I used 100% wool.
The yarn I used was Rowan Big Wool – in a colour that has now been discontinued (it had been in my yarn stash for years).
You can substitute with any super bulky yarn for example:
- Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Barley (124).
- Lion Brand Scarfie – with 2 strands knit together in Cream/Taupe (206)
- Stylecraft – Swift Knit.
- Novita – Folk.
- Big Twist Yarns – Natural Blend.
- 10mm (US 15) 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 List
- Beg – Beginning
- Cont – Continue
- Foll – Following
- K – Knit
- KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch to increase.
- Rem – Remaining
- Rep – Repeat
Cast on 2 sts.
- Row 1: Knit.
- Row 2: KFB into both sts. (4 sts)
- Row 3: KFB onto the 1st stitch, K to last st, KFB into last st. (6 sts).
- Row 4: Knit.
- Rep rows 3 and 4 until there are: *120 (S)/130 sts (M)/140 (L)/150+ (XL)
(The M size is seen in the photos).
*This is where you can adjust the size.
- If you stop at 120 sts this will be an S – small size.
- If you stop at 130 sts this will be the M – medium size.
- If you want to make the L size you will need approx – 140+ sts.
- For the XL/XXL size, you will need approx – 150+ 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.
Cast off loosely and weave in all ends.
Make 3 tassels and stitch to each corner point.
You can see a tutorial on how to make tassels here.
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