Nerd Craft: Knit Your Own Outlander Cowl


Thanks to the wonders of Pinterest, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with all the knitting from Outlander. There’s cowls, shawls, arm warmers, and shrugs, and they’re all absolutely lovely.  I want to knit everything from the show, but being practical, I started with one simply project: Claire’s cowl.

The “Sassenach” Cowl was fantastically easy to make yet comes out so cushy and elegant that it seems very high end. I written up a rundown of everything you’ll need to make your own cowl so that whether you’re a beginner or old pro, you’ll know exactly what’s what before going into this project.


To knit the cowl, you’ll need:

  • 2 Skeins of Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Barley ($7.99 a skein {This yarn is a wool blend. If wool’s not for you, you can use another super bulky yarn.})
  • 1 Set of Size 50 Needles ($6.99 at Joann Fabrics)
  • 1 Free Pattern from Polly Foo Foo (Here’s the link!)
  • 1 Tapestry Needle (Cost?? Very cheap I’d imagine.)

Total Cost of Project (Without Coupons): $22.97 + tax

Furthermore, the skills you will need:

  • Knit Stitch (The whole thing is done in garter stitch–which just means you knit every row. Don’t know how to knit? No prob. Check out this video for a helpful how-to.)
  • Long Tail Cost On (Easy Peasy. Check out this video on Youtube, if you need help.)
  • Mattress Stitch (Check out this video to see how it’s done.)

Time Needed:

  • 1-2 Hours (I’m a slow knitter, and it took me an hour and half. If you’re just learning, it might take you longer, but I can’t imagine by much.)


  • Super Easy (I could have made this when I just knew just the one stitch. Great beginner project!)


My Notes:

I absolutely love how this cowl comes out. It’s so stretchy and cuddly. (I want to knit everything on Size 50 needles now!) Normally, I don’t like using wool for cozy projects like this, but since the yarn’s blend is 80% acrylic, there’s no scratchiness to the finished cowl.

While the color was close to that of Claire’s in the show, it’s not personally my favorite for wearing. (I’m more a bright colors kind of gal.)  I was conflicted about being true to the original or making one that would fit my style, but true-to-the-original, obviously, won out. I’m considering making another cowl in orange or yellow. I think it’d be quite striking.

My absolutely favorite thing about this cowl? It’s how wonderful it looks in comparison with how easy it is to make. I love that with knitting you don’t have to be super advanced to make beautiful things!

So, have you been itching to knit any Outlander accessories? If you’ve made a cowl or other project, feel free to share links and pictures! 

(P.S. If you don’t knit but would like your own cowl, I’ve also made one to sell on Etsy. You can find the listing here:


3 thoughts on “Nerd Craft: Knit Your Own Outlander Cowl

  1. That cowl looks so warm and cozy. I just back into knitting and am in the process of making a simple garter stitch cowl with size 15 needles, which I thought were big. lol

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