The Outlander series features love, adventure, and time travel. But the show is also known for its spectacular knitwear. And while it may not all be historically accurate, it does make for some delightful knitting patterns for fans of the book and television series.
There is a myriad of patterns inspired by the show, including a full book of knitwear patterns. You'll find pages of options on Ravelry and Etsy, but you can start with this list of both authentic and lightly-inspired designs.
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For the most authentic Outlander knitwear, look no further than this Brianna Capelet pattern. Knitsome Studio designed this convertible cape/cowl and the Outlander costume designer used this exact pattern for the show in season four. This is true Outlander gear that you can wear half a dozen ways.
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For a quick project that's perfect for knitting and watching, knit this cowl inspired by Claire from Outlander. It's a full and squishy design that's large enough to wrap around your shoulders like a shawl or keep it close as a bulky infinity scarf. No time to knit? Designer Rachel Piper also sells finished pieces on Etsy!
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The Polly Foo Foo blog offers a number of free knit and crochet patterns inspired by Outlander, and many takes on a fun and fresh look. By using bold colors and shortening the length, these mitts still have the style of ones Mrs. Fitz wears, while making something wearable for modern times.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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What do you wear to keep warm while traveling through time? Michelle Stead presents this timeless shawl as the solution. You can wear your shawl many ways, and the simplicity is a great way to show off a shawl pin, like the one shown.
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Named for the first episode of Outlander (and an unkind Gaelic word turned pet name), the Sassenach capelet features varying texture. Designed by Marly Bird, you can wear this easy tie-on style over dresses or with jeans and a tank top!
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You may not find these bright colors in the scenes of Outlander, but you can't miss the inspiration of Claire's triangle shawl in this free pattern from Hands Occupied. She shows you how changing up the colors can help you fit these other-era styles work into your own look.
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Esther from Knit Play Love sought out to make an authentic replica pattern of Claire's capelet in season one. The intermediate-level pattern has a small collar and just covers the shoulders. Worked in chunky yarn, it's sure to be a fast project.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Claire’s Captivating Castle Leoch Shrug
Breaking from shawls and capelets, this shrug from Lion Brand Yarns is great for beginners. Self-striping yarn means you can simply knit without changing colors. While you're at the Lion Brand site, be sure to check out all their Outlander knit and crochet patterns, including several free designs.
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For an excellent selection of free Outlander-inspired patterns, take a look at Handy Little Me. Louisa designed lots of mitts and arm warmers like the ones shown here, but she also has a few patterns based on the famous shawls and capelets from the show. Who could resist?