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Sassenach Tassel Shawl Knitting Pattern


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’.

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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.

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 point of the shawl when it is finished.


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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 casting it off.

You can wear the shawl over your shoulders, wrapped into your shoulders as Claire wears it, or close it 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 can adjust the size is noted in the pattern.

Gauge – 10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 inches = 10 sts/20 rows in garter stitch.

Outlander tassel shawl

The supplies you need…


  • 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.

Yarn notes

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 color that has now been discontinued (it had been in my yarn stash for years).

You can substitute with any super bulky yarn, for example:


  • 10mm (US 15) Knitting needles.
  • I used interchangeable circular needles on a 100cm/40′′ cable as there were many stitches.
  • I did not join in the round to knit.




Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK)

  • Beg – Beginning
  • Cont – Continue
  • Foll – Following
  • K – Knit
  • KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch to increase.
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat

Pattern Instructions

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.


Shawl With Tassels

The shawl’s colors and design were inspired by the shawl worn by Claire during season 1 of the Outlander series.

With a textured brown yarn similar to the shawl seen in the show, this project could be worked up in any color of your choice.

This pattern will allow you to create a large triangle shawl with a tassel stitched to each corner point.

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 and Geillis from Outlander
Claire wearing her tassel shawl in Outlander Season 1 – Image Copyright to Starz.com

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.

How do you make a tassel step by step?

Making tassels is a fun and simple way to add decorative elements to various crafts, such as scarves, blankets, pillows, and jewelry.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a basic tassel:

Materials Needed:

  • Yarn, embroidery floss, or thread
  • Cardboard or a piece of stiff cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (optional)

Step 1: Prepare the Cardboard

  1. Cut the Cardboard:
    • Cut a piece of cardboard to the desired length of your tassel. The length of the cardboard will determine the length of your tassel.
    • For example, if you want a 3-inch tassel, cut a piece of cardboard that is 3 inches wide.

Step 2: Wrap the Yarn

  1. Start Wrapping:
    • Take your yarn, embroidery floss, or thread and hold the end against the top edge of the cardboard.
  2. Wrap the Yarn:
    • Start wrapping the yarn around the cardboard lengthwise. The more you wrap, the fuller your tassel will be. You can experiment with the number of wraps to achieve your desired thickness.
  3. Cut the Yarn:
    • Once you’ve wrapped enough yarn, cut the yarn from the skein, leaving a tail of a few inches.

Step 3: Secure the Top

  1. Cut a Short Piece of Yarn:
    • Cut a short piece of yarn, about 6-8 inches long.
  2. Slide Under the Wrapped Yarn:
    • Slide this piece of yarn underneath the wrapped yarn on the cardboard. Bring the ends of this piece of yarn together at the top of the cardboard.
  3. Tie a Knot:
    • Tie a tight double knot with the piece of yarn at the top of the wrapped yarn. This will secure the top of the tassel.

Step 4: Cut the Bottom

  1. Cut the Bottom of the Yarn:
    • Slide your scissors underneath the loops of yarn at the bottom edge of the cardboard and cut through the loops. This will create the bottom fringe of the tassel.

Step 5: Finish the Tassel

  1. Shape and Trim:
    • Remove the tassel from the cardboard. You may need to shape it a bit by gently combing through the strands with your fingers.
    • Trim the ends of the tassel to make them even.
  2. Attach the Tassel:
    • You can attach the tassel to your project by using the long tail you left at the top of the tassel. Simply thread this tail onto a tapestry needle and attach it securely to your project.

That’s it! You’ve created a tassel.

Experiment with different yarn colors and textures to create unique tassels for your projects.


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Happy Knitting!

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  1. Hi! Do you need the circular needles or were they just helpful since there are so many stitches? Thanks!

    1. Hello Nadia,
      You don’t have to use circulars but you may find it difficult to knit when there are so many stitches on the needles.
      The circulars can accommodate the number of stitches and the weight.
      I hope that helps,

  2. Hello,
    I finally decided what I wanted to work on, and the tassel shawl is it. I’m about a quarter of the way through. I had to shop my stash, and I have some Bernat Softee Chunky that is a little ho-hum on the skein but amazing when knitted up into this piece. I spend all my time seated now, and I think I could actually ruin the tassels by sitting on them, so I’m hoping to add fringe to it that is similar to that in the “Snow and Ashes” shawl–maybe not as long. It won’t be completely faithful to the original, but I think it will work out very well. Excited to finish and re-watching Outlander as I work!