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Shrug Pattern {Inspired By Outlander Knits}


This shrug 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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This pattern is part of my Outlander collection, you can see the other Outlander patterns here.

Outlander shrug

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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.

Claire Fraser wearing tartan

Image Source – Starz

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.

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Shrug knitting pattern

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

More Outlander Patterns

There are many more Outlander patterns in this collection, ranging from shawls, cowls, scarves to fingerless gloves and arm warmers.

Visit the Outlander Pattern Collection Ebooks in my shop below:

Seed stitch shrug

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

This shrug pattern is great for any intermediate knitters.

knitted seed stitch shrug

Shrug Pattern

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Get the Shawls, Wraps + Cowls Ebook here.

See ALL of the Outlander Pattern Ebooks here.


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

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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 a small/medium size:
  • Width = 21.5  inches / 55 cm
  • Length =  25 inches / 64 cm
  • To make the shrug in a larger size – cast on more stitches (e.g 106) 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 yards) – in the colour  – 151 Dark Grey x 6 (S/M)
  • See yarn substitutes here.
  • *This yarn was knit with two strands together.
  • For a larger size – it is estimated that you will need 8+ skeins of yarn.
  • Yarn Weight – Bulky 05/Chunky/12 Ply.
  • You can purchase Alize yarns from YarnStreet or on Etsy.



knitted shrug with a textured fabric


Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

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

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 whether, in the round or flat, you knit purls and purl the sts as they come up.

View more Outlander Knitting Patterns here.

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