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Shrug Knitting Pattern


This shrug knitting pattern was inspired by the shawls wrapped around the shoulders of characters in the Outlander TV series.

These cloaks are often seen in tartan wrapped around the shoulders or draped over one shoulder.

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Outlander shrug

What Is A Shrug Knitted?

A shrug is a type of garment, typically a short, cropped sweater or cardigan, that covers the shoulders and upper arms.

It is often worn as a stylish layering piece over dresses or sleeveless tops.

Shrug patterns can be knitted or crocheted, and they come in various styles and designs.

Knitted shrugs can be simple and straightforward, using basic knitting stitches like garter stitch or stockinette stitch, or they can be more complex with intricate patterns and cable stitch designs.

Some knitted shrugs are worked seamlessly in one piece, while others may be composed of several individual pieces that are later sewn together.

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Shrug knitting pattern
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Inspired By The Outlander Costumes

If you have been watching the Outlander TV series, the characters when in Scotland are seen wearing the tartan from their clan.

The large shawls that feature the Fraser tartan are wrapped around the shoulders, sometimes arranged over one shoulder.

Inspired by the shawls Claire and Jamie are seen wearing I created a knitted shrug that can be worn off one shoulder or both.

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

The Outlander TV Series + Knitwear

Inspired by Claire Fraser wearing beautiful knitted pieces, the shrug is knit with a seed stitch texture.

The design of the shrug is made so that you can easily wear it around your neck or off the shoulders.

The Outlander shrug is knit in the round and the size can be adapted easily by casting on fewer or more stitches.

Seed Stitch

Seed stitch is a reversible pattern, meaning that both sides of your work, the right and wrong sides, are identical.

The seed stitch texture gets its name from the raised bumps from the purl stitches, which resemble seeds.

This 2-row repeat knit stitch pattern is a classic reversible pattern, great for knitting scarves, hats, blankets, sweaters, and shrugs!

Shrug worn off one shoulder

Shrug Pattern

Pattern Notes

The shrug knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

It has lots of coziness and can feel like you have a blanket around your body.

This is knit in one piece, it has no sleeves or shaping, think of boleros or cocoons – worn over the head and around the shoulders.

Laying flat the piece looks like a rectangle and the top of the shrug can be folded over to make a sort of collar when worn.

Seed Stitch

Seed stitch, also known as moss stitch, is a textured knitting pattern that creates a fabric with a bumpy, seed-like appearance.

To work the seed stitch, you alternate between knit and purl stitches within the same row and between rows.

It is commonly knit in multiples of 2 stitches.

The basic seed stitch pattern is created by repeating the following two-row sequence:

  • Row 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to the end of the row.
  • Row 2: *P1, k1; repeat from * to the end of the row.

When working in multiples of 2 stitches, you will always have an equal number of knit and purl stitches in each row, which results in a distinctive seed-like texture.

Learn how to knit the seed stitch here. – How to knit seed stitch for beginners

Copyright Info

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Skill Level – Intermediate


10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 9 sts and 16 rows measured in pattern.


  • This is for small/medium sizes:
  • Width = 21.5  inches / 55 cm
  • Length =  25 inches / 64 cm
  • To make the shrug in a larger size for example XXL – cast on more stitches, (seed stitch is knit in multiples of 2) and knit to a length that suits you.

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

The Supplies You Need…


  • Classic Alize Lanagold (100g (3.53 oz)/240mt (262 yds) – in the color – 151 Dark Grey x 6 (S/M)
  • See yarn substitutes here.
  • *This yarn was knit with two strands together to make a bulky weight yarn.
  • For a larger size – it is estimated that you will need 8+ skeins of yarn.
  • Yarn Weight Guide (+ Conversion Chart) – Bulky yarn 05/Chunky/12 Ply.
  • You can purchase Alize yarns from YarnStreet or on Etsy.


  • 8 mm (US 11) 40″/100cm circular knitting needles.
  • 10mm (US 15) interchangeable circular needles to cast off.


knitted shrug with a textured fabric

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

  • Cont – Continue
  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • PM – place marker
  • Rep – repeat
  • RS – right side
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • WS – wrong side
knitted shrug bulky yarn

Pattern Instructions

Cast on 86 sts.

(Join in the round and pm, being careful not to twist sts)

  • Round 1: (RS) K1, P1 to end of the round.
  • Round 2: (WS) P1, K1 to the end of the round.

Rep rows 1 and 2 until the piece measures 25″ inches / 64 cm

Cast off in pattern.

Sew in all loose ends.

Tip – When you knit seed stitch, in the round or knit flat, you knit on top of the purl stitches and purl on top of the knit stitches as they come up.

View more Outlander Knitting Patterns here.

Outlander shrug

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  1. Has anyone made this & what would you cast on for bust measurement around shoulders at 52″ ?
    I’m going to use Bulky yarn & size US11 needles.
    Thank you