The Claire Cowl–Free Crochet Pattern Inspired by Outlander

Claire Outlander CowlI’ve been obsessed with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander book series since I discovered them in my first year of college (it feels like a lifetime ago!) and was unbelievably excited when I heard that Starz was developing a series based on the books! As silly as it sounds, this is something I’ve dreamed about for years, and since the tv series finally premiered a couple of months ago I’ve spent way too much time watching and re-watching every episode. While certain things are definitely different than they are in the books, as is always the case with an adaptation, I have to say I’ve fallen in love with the show and with the story all over again and am so glad the actors they found live up to what I always imagined in my head while reading!

So why am I talking about this on a crochet blog? Well, it’s not just the story or the acting that has me hooked (although it’s wonderful), it’s also the incredible knits that Claire, the protagonist, gets to wear! The Crochet cowl inspired by Claire from Outlanderstory takes place mostly in the 18th century Scottish Highlands, where I can imagine it gets awfully cold and wet, and from what I’ve read the production team has gone to great lengths to accurately portray the local dress and customs of the times, so seeing all the lovely shawls, cowls, capes and gloves included in the costumes just made me appreciate in a new way that for centuries people have been making amazing things with yarn! I especially fell in love with this chunky cowl shown in the first picture, and apparently I’m not the only one! It didn’t take long for knitting patterns inspired by the show to start popping up everywhere, but I’ve had a harder time finding crochet patterns that replicate the look. Since I still haven’t made good on my New Year’s resolution to learn knitting (I’m not giving up, I still have 3 months!) I’ve been playing around with different patterns and came up with my own version of “The Claire Cowl.” Here’s the free pattern:)

 Outlander Inspired Chunky Cowl

3-4 skeins super bulky (6) yarn (I used 4 skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA in Napa Valley Pinot, 324 yds total)

Size P 11.5mm  hook

Yarn needle for finishing

Note: Cowl is worked in turned rows and then stitched together at the ends.

Ch 21

Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.

Row 2: Sl st in 1st dc, *dc in next dc, sl st in next dc. Repeat from * in each dc across, ending with a sl st in the top of turning chain. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 3 (Counts as dc), dc in each st across. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you’ve nearly run out of yarn, making sure to leave enough to stitch ends together. You should have a very long rectangle. Now fold it in half with wrong side facing, line up the ends (don’t make a twist in the middle like you would with an infinity scarf) and slip stitch sides together to join ends. Fasten off and weave in ends.

That’s it! This cowl is super warm and cozy and works up pretty quickly, plus the pattern is easily adaptable if you’d like to make it shorter, wider, thinner, etc., just make sure your starting chain is an odd number of stitches and then make however many rows you’d like! Wear it long or doubled up Claire style, and don’t forget to let me know how it turns out ^_^

Outlander inspired crochet cowl


*Note: This is not an official Outlander pattern, just my own interpretation that was inspired by it. I’m not affiliated with the show or the books, I’m just a slightly obsessed fan with a crochet hook ^_^. As with all my patterns, feel free to share, I just ask that you give credit to me as the designer and link back to me. Thanks!!





About Ashley

I'm a handmade shop owner specializing in crochet toys (amigurumi), accessories and patterns. I'm also a stay-at-home mom to my daughter and 2 sons and the lucky wife of a wonderful man who tolerates my yarn addiction and encourages me to keep crafting, even if the dishes don't get done ^_^
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32 Responses to The Claire Cowl–Free Crochet Pattern Inspired by Outlander

  1. tammy says:

    Thank you for this lovely pattern!! It’s so warm & cozy! I love “Outlander” and absolutely adore this pattern, too!!!

  2. Ashley says:

    Thank you so much! It’s hard not to love Outlander:) I’m glad you like the pattern!

  3. tammy says:

    yes, this cowl will keep me warm until Outlander returns in April!! (I really don’t like these short season shows broken in half!! I need more!!! lol)

  4. Elaine Bittencourt says:

    Thank you! I am going to make one for myself!

    • Ashley says:

      You’re welcome! Let me know how it turns out!

      • Elaine Bittencourt says:

        Do you think I can use bulky (5) instead of chunky (6) and it would still look chunky enough?

      • Ashley says:

        Yes, I think so. I’m working on another version using 2 strands of light worsted (caron simply soft) which I’ve successfully substituted for bulky (5) yarn in other patterns and it’s working great! Depending on how tight you crochet you might want to add a few extra chains to your foundation to get the necessary width, just make sure you’re starting with an odd number of chains:)

  5. Brooke says:

    When you complete row 2 and start row 3 you say to dc in each dc across. Does that mean you do not dc in the slip stitch?

    • Ashley says:

      You’re going to dc in each st across, including the slip stitches. Your last dc should be in the first slip stitch you made in the previous row.

  6. Donna says:

    This is just beautiful! It fits right in with Claire’s collection. Have you considered taking orders? Some of us aren’t as talented as you,but truely appreciate handmade work.

    • Ashley says:

      Thank you Donna! I’m working on getting my shop all stocked up and ready for the holidays and will definitely be adding this and some other new items as soon as I get a chance!

  7. Donna says:

    Sorry ,I didn’t look close enough. Found your shop!

  8. Brooke says:


    I’m looking forward to attempting your Outlander cowl and am very thankful that you’re sharing your pattern! Please excuse this terribly simple question, but I’m fairly new at crocheting and I want to get this pattern right- when you say to turn at the end of the row, it is implied that one should chain as well. And if so, chain one or two? Thanks!

    • Ashley says:

      Never apologize for asking questions! While normally you would chain after turning, in this pattern after finishing row 1 you just turn and slip stitch into that first stitch without chaining (this helps the stitches to pop out and create the texture). When you reach the end of this row and turn you will chain 3. As you continue the pattern you will do a turning chain on the odd number rows and no turning chain on the even rows. I hope that helps, let me know if you have any more questions!

      • Brooke says:

        Thank you for taking the time to answer my post. I’m going to give the pattern another try and will hopefully have it done it time to give to an Outlander obsessed friend for Christmas! And then make one for myself, obviously.

  9. Angie says:

    My cousin, my friend and I are hooked on Outlander..and I’m not a romance novel reader. I’ve read the first three novels in less than a month and am holding off reading any more til January (if I can hold out that long).
    I tried your pattern because my cousin wanted this scarf (in grey and Navy-these are McDonald tartan colors which are Sam aka Jaimie’s family colors). It took no time to make, it is so warm and cozy. Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a wonderful pattern.
    BTW–I showed it to too many people so now I have to make more.

    • Ashley says:

      Thank you so much! What a great idea to use the tartan colors! I’m rereading the series now and am anxious to get to the newest book, but it will probably be January before I have time to read again:)

  10. Michael Murdock says:

    I’m working on your first version of the Claire Cowl and keep running into the same issue. After chaining 21 and crocheting into the 4th chain from the hook, I end up with 18 stitches. I followed the instructions for Row 2 – alternating dc’s with sst’s, but I always end up with the 17th as a slip stitch and the 18th as a dc – not a slip stitch. If I slip stitch into the top of the turning ch, that will create 19 sts across which causes the cowl to be uneven. Should both the 17th & 18th sts be slip stitches? I am not a beginner – more of an intermediate – but I just can’t figure out what I am doing wrong.

  11. Michael Murdock says:

    After re reading the pattern for the umpteenth time, I discovered my (silly) error. I was NOT counting the beginning ch 3 as a stitch! I have frogged everything and am about to start over. Problem solved. I can’t wait to see and wear the finished product.

    • Ashley says:

      I’m so sorry I’m just now getting back to you, I’ve had computer issues and couldn’t get online. I’m so glad you were able to resolve the problem, I make the same mistake all the time following patterns;)

  12. Anntoinette Fuentes says:

    I know people have thanked you for this pattern but I have to add my thanks as well. Knitting patterns are everywhere, but crochet patterns are harder to find so I am glad I stumbled upon yours!! I am left-handed so the stitches come out a little unique because they wrap reverse. I will definitely let you know how it comes out 🙂

  13. Reblogged this on One Oil Lovin' Mama and commented:
    I made this cowl for the winter! I am in love with the texture and the chunky yarn! It was super easy to make, too!

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  15. Lois says:

    Thank you so much for sharing I’m Definitely going to make one in RED

  16. Carla Smith says:

    This is quite lovely and I am not sure if you shared this or someone else. But Clair also has some type of clothing that she just wears on her shoulders? I believe its crochet.

  17. Lesley says:

    Hello there! I love this cowl and would love to try making it myself. However I have never crocheted before, so I don’t know if I’d be able to handle this – especially as I don’t understand all the abbreviations/instructions ! Please don’t think me stupid! Would you mind giving me a little advice please?
    I’m also a big Outlander fan and love the costumes as much as the drama.
    Thank you!

    • Ashley says:

      Hello Lesley! Thanks so much for writing, and no worries, we all start out in the same place! I still have to look up terms/abbreviations sometimes and I’ve found this list really helpful:
      Whenever I run into a term I’m not familiar with I look for videos on Youtube. I’m hoping to eventually add video tutorials on my blog, but for the moment it escapes my technological ability:) Are there specific parts of the pattern I can help you with?

  18. G perez says:

    Hi love the red!
    I was just wondering if that’s doubled around the neck?

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