I know I’m late to the part for Outlander. When it first came out I was busting my booty on Geek, so I just didn’t have time to watch a show that I knew had tons of knitting that I would want to recreate! That being said, I know there are lots of Outlander Cowls floating around, but I thought I would add my version into the pile regardless!
It took me a while to get the stitch definition that I wanted. I started with size 11 needles and ended up going to US 36! I also tried several different yarns when swatching, but fell in love with the way Knit Picks, The Big Cozy feels and the way it drapes.
I also struggled with whether or not the cowl was twisted. I tried it both ways, but came to the conclusion that it’s not. If you disagree, feel free to twist your cowl! I also really like doing a live cast on, since it hides any seaming. But feel free to cast on normally and seam at the end if you’re not into the live cast on!
Note: If you leave the super warm and soft cowl around a dog named Harvie, she will burrow in it and make it her own.
While a Corgi named Willie will use it as a chin rest.
Outlander Inspired Cowl
by Joan of Dark aka Toni Carr
US size 36/20.00mm circular needles
Knit Picks The Big Cozy (55% superfine alpaca, 45% Peruvian highland wool; 44yds/100g) 6 balls in Bittersweet Heather
Scrap yarn for cast on.
20” high and 36” around after blocking
4 sts and 4 rows = 4” in garter stitch on US size 36 needles
Live Cast On (Also known as Invisible or Provisional cast on)
If using scrap yarn, tie scrap yarn and working yarn in a knot, about 3” from end of yarn. Hold both pieces of yarn in left hand, with working needle in right hand. Scrap yarn should be on top, working yarn on bottom.
Bring working needle in front of scrap yarn, and behind working yarn, putting it on your needle. Repeat until all stitches are on your working needle.
With 2 strands held together, use live cast on method to cast on 22sts
Knit until pieces measures about 36” (or desired height) and place live cast onto empty needle, then seam together using Kitchener stitch.