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.
This pattern is part of my Outlander collection, you can see the other Outlander patterns here.
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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.
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 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!
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This shrug pattern is great for any intermediate knitters.
- You should be comfortable casting on and casting off, as well as knitting in garter stitch.
- You should also know how to purl.
- You should know how to knit seed stitch.
- You should know how to knit with two strands of yarn together.
- You should also know how to knit in the round.
- You should also be comfortable reading knitting patterns.
- And understanding knitting abbreviations and terms.
Visit the Outlander Knitting Pattern Ebooks in my shop below:
- Outlander Pattern Collection – featuring 20 patterns
- Outlander Gloves and Arm Warmers Collection – featuring 10 patterns
- Outlander Shawls, Wraps and Scarves Collection – featuring 10 patterns
The shrug knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.
- 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.
Skill Level – Intermediate
10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 11 sts and 15 rows
- 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)
- Good yarn substitute – King Cole Chunky Tweed.
- *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
- You can purchase Alize yarns from YarnStreet or on Etsy.
- 8 mm (US 11) 24″ circular knitting needles.
- 10mm (US 15) interchangeable circular needles to cast off.
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.
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