Outlander Cowl

by Kennedy Berry September 02, 2014

Even if you haven't been watching Starz new series Outlander, you may still have caught sight of some of these chunky cowls making the rounds in the knitting community.

The show itself is based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon that involves a 1940s woman that travels back in time to the 1740s. Its one part Historical Fiction, one part Romance, one part Sci-Fi with splashes of other genres mixed in. I won't give anything more than that away other than to tell you its a worthwhile watch and read.

The show's historical setting means that there's a wealth of hand-knitwear in every episode. So far we've seen Fingerless Gloves, Shrugs, Capelets, Cowls and more.

This super-bulky cowl premiered in episode 3: The Way Out, worn by our heroine, Claire.

It's a simple knit and while there are several patterns already floating about ravelry and the internet to inspire you, here is our take on this simple garter stitch cowl.

 

For the HCW version, we picked Debbie Bliss Winter Garden yarn in color 03-Bark. To get the incredibly bulky fabric its knit with 4 strands held together on US size 50 needles.

Note: The provisional cast-on and three-needle bind-off are worked with only 2 strands to keep the seam from being excessively bulky.

Directions

With 2 strands held together, provisionally cast on 20 sts.

Holding 4 strands together, work in garter stitch (knit every row) until you have about 3 times the width of the cowl remaining in yarn.

Pick up sts from your provisional cast on and holding the two ends together, use a third needle to bind off as follows:

With 2 strands of yarn held together, insert needle into the first stitch on both the front and back needle and knit them together. Repeat for the next stitches on the front and back needle. Pull the first stitch on the right hand needle over the second just as you would for a regular bind off. Continue this way until all sts are bound off.

Weave in ends and hope for some cold weather to show off you new cowl!




Kennedy Berry
Kennedy Berry

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17 Responses

Megan
Megan

January 25, 2015

Can you recommend a different yarn for this item? I have a hard time finding Debbie Bliss yarns. Thank you!

HCWeaver
HCWeaver

December 09, 2014

If you wind all three balls into center pull cakes, you will hold one strand from ball A, 1 strand from ball B, and both the inside and outside strands from ball C. When ball C runs out, then you use both the inside and outsite strands from both A & B.

Kerri
Kerri

December 08, 2014

I bought enough yards of the winter bliss but only 3 skeins…how do I knit with 4 strands with only 3 skeins?

Dorine Hixon
Dorine Hixon

September 24, 2014

Could you please let me know how many yards of yarn you used to make Claire’s cowl?

HCWeaver
HCWeaver

September 24, 2014

It is not doubled – just folded over.

VickiM
VickiM

September 24, 2014

Is it supposed to be long enough to be doubled?

Deedie Weaver
Deedie Weaver

September 24, 2014

thank you for this pattern

HCWeaver
HCWeaver

September 24, 2014

The yarn is held 4 strands together so its 300 yds total of the Winter Garden, but if you are substituting something its about 75-80 yds in terms of a single strand of yarn.

HCWeaver
HCWeaver

September 24, 2014

You will knit until you run out of yarn – on the sample cowl that amounts to 48 rows or 24 garter ridges. If you end a row or two early or late it will not hurt the look of the cowl though.

Pam weinstein
Pam weinstein

September 24, 2014

I’m a beginner, and I’m a bit confused by your directions. You cast on 20 stitches , but then how many rows do you knit?
Thank you

HCWeaver
HCWeaver

September 24, 2014

The Cowl is 15" deep unfolded and 39" Circumference. Its fairly stretchy so you can manipulate it to be a bit wider or longer if needed.

VP
VP

September 24, 2014

Would you please provide the width and length measurements of the cowl?

VickiM
VickiM

September 24, 2014

I haven’t used the provisional cast on before. I’m having a difficult time going from the cast on with 2 strands to the first row of knitting with 4 strands of yarn. By the time I get to the end of the first row of knitting, the last couple of stitches are loose, and I can’t figure out how to tighten them up. Any suggestions?

KnitterB
KnitterB

September 24, 2014

Hi,
Loved the pattern and inspiration! Thanks!

I used 7mm/US10.75 needles and 2 strands the whole way through in a dusty pink wool. I knitted it to the same dimensions and although it doesn’t look as earthly and Scottish as yours or Caitriona’s, it’s still an adaptation that really worked and has given me a great cosy Outlander-inspired scarf for the winter months!

HCWeaver
HCWeaver

September 24, 2014

Hey Julie,

The three needle bind off should occur as part of the row that uses only 2 strands of yarn so first double check that you don’t have a second row worked with 2 strands. I only counted my initial row (part of the provisional cast on) when doing this. If it is stretching out too much I have two suggestions – one is that you could skip doing these rows with only 2 strands and do them with 4, then only do the bind off with 2 strands. OR you could try knitting these two rows on a slightly smaller needle (say a size 35) to shorten them up. Just be sure you are still binding off with the 50s.

Hope that helps! I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the pattern. =)

JulieB
JulieB

September 24, 2014

Two friends and I got together to work this pattern…we just LOVE it. But when we finished, a question came up with the provisional cast on, and using only two strands of yarn, it made for a more “sheer” and wide row just above (below) the 3-needle cast off. We were wondering if there’s a way to avoid this. We’ve tried various alternatives, but feel some expert advice would be better.

lily marynberg
lily marynberg

September 24, 2014

I love to knit!!! I will do it for myself!! Thanks!!

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