Outlander Cowl Crochet Pattern

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Claire's Outlander Crochet Cowl - Free Pattern. Inspired by the knitwear on the Outlander TV series, this Sassenach Cowl is quick and easy to make, even for beginners.

Outlander Cowl Free Crochet Pattern – quick and easy to make, even for beginners.

Outlander Cowl Crochet Pattern – Three weeks ago I underwent knee surgery to fix a chronic knee problem I’d had for many years now. For the first number of days after my surgery, I was lucky enough to have my dear mother-in-law Lynda come and stay with me during the day while my husband was at work. She was a great nurse and during our time together we decided to watch a series called Outlander. If you’re not familiar with this TV series from Starz, Outlander is a historical time travel drama based on the best-selling books by Diana Gaboldon. The storyline follows the passionate relationship between two lead characters, combat nurse Claire and the chivalrous and handsome Scottish warrior Jamie. Diana Gaboldon is one of my mother’s all-time favorite authors – at times I’m sure my father felt pangs of jealousy the way my mom would blather on and on about leading man Jamie. This American-British series takes place in Scotland during the mid-1700’s. Outlander is worth watching for the scenery and costumes alone. Their costume designer, Terry Dresbach, is simply amazing and she runs a wonderful website full of her sketches and photos of her costumes. The knitwear, in particular, is drool-worthy.

Inspired by Claire’s cowl in Outlander I decided to see if I could come up with something similar. Of course, Claire’s cowl (seen here) is knit so it’s impossible to get the exact same design and drape but I thought I’d give it a go – a great project being that I was bed ridden for a couple of weeks. After a few attempts, I finally settled on this design. It’s very easy and works up really quickly – this can be done in one evening. I loved the first one I did so much I made a second cowl with a different yarn.

If you’re new to crocheting and would like some further instruction before you try a crochet project, I highly recommend some of the online crochet classes at Craftsy.


NOTES: Pattern in U.S. crochet terminology



  • Hook: U.S. P/11.5mm
  • Worsted weight size 4 Yarn – 2 skeins/170 yds each  (Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in Taupe [top photo] and Homespun by Lion Brand in Clouds [bottom photo] used in photos)
  • Darning Needle & Scissors


  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • hdc = half double crochet

FINISHED SIZE:  17” tall, 28” circumference.

NOTES: Making a half double-crochet in the back loop isn’t as scary as it sounds. If you’re not familiar with crocheting this way see the photo below to help you know where to find the back loop. To crochet in the back loop of a stitch, insert your crochet hook underneath the back loop only and make your hdc as usual.

How to crochet in the back loop. The front loop is the one that is closest to you and the back loop is the one that is furthest from you when you hold your crochet work.

The front loop is the one that is closest to you and the back loop is the one that is furthest from you when you hold your crochet work.


Made by holding 2 pieces of yarn together throughout the pattern.

Make a slip knot and chain 32.

ROW 1: hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook, hdc in each st across row, ch 2, turn.

ROW 2 onwards: hdc in the back loop of each st across the row, ch 2, turn. Repeat row 2 until the total length reaches 28” in length.

Finish: Carefully sew those two edges together from the inside/wrong side using the whip stitch and weave in ends.

Download the Free Outlander Cowl Crochet Pattern here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this free pattern. If you’d like to get your hands on more crochet patterns check out this great book: Crocheted Scarves and Cowls: 35 colorful and contemporary crochet patterns

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Outlander Cowl Free Crochet Pattern in Clouds by Lionbrand Homespun -  Inspired by the knitwear on the Outlander TV series, this Sassenach Cowl is quick and easy to make, even for beginners.

Outlander Cowl Free Crochet Pattern in Clouds by Lionbrand Homespun.

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9 Comments on Outlander Cowl Crochet Pattern

  1. Lea Fullerton
    November 20, 2015 at 8:41 PM (2 years ago)

    Cannot wait to try your patterns

  2. Audrey
    December 10, 2015 at 5:03 PM (2 years ago)

    Love the pattern! So simple but really does look similar to the knit cowl. I was wondering if you doubled the yarn with the second cowl using the Homespun yarn?

    • Jamey
      January 20, 2016 at 11:10 AM (2 years ago)

      Yes Audrey, I doubled that yarn too. It was a little thicker but still worked beautifully.
      ~ Jamey

  3. Ashley
    December 19, 2015 at 8:53 AM (2 years ago)

    Do you think his pattern would work using one strand of super bulky size 6 yarn instead of 2 strands of worsted size 4? I have some lion brand hometown USA yarn I want to use.

    • Jamey
      January 20, 2016 at 11:09 AM (2 years ago)

      I’m not sure Ashley but you could give it a try. I think the main thing is to chain to the suggested 17 inches if 32 chains aren’t quite enough. I’m a big fan of experimenting – if it doesn’t work, rip it out.
      ~ Jamey

  4. Gina Hart
    December 28, 2015 at 8:28 AM (2 years ago)

    This is beautiful!! Thank you!!

  5. Rebecca
    January 14, 2016 at 5:03 AM (2 years ago)

    Is the first photo crocheted? I love it!

    • Jamey
      January 19, 2016 at 11:12 AM (2 years ago)

      Hi Rebecca! Yes, both of these cowls are crocheted with the same pattern. Enjoy.
      ~ Jamey

  6. Ruth
    June 8, 2016 at 4:10 AM (1 year ago)

    Loved it. Thanks so much for sharing. I made one for me and one for my friend ( we both love the show too, by the way).


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