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Outlander Cowl Crochet Pattern

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 her 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 bedridden for a couple of weeks. After a few attempts, I finally settled on this crochet cowl design.

This cowl pattern is easy to make and works up really quickly – this can be done in one evening. One great thing about this crochet project is that it's super quick. If you enjoy crocheting projects that are quick and easy, check out 90 amazing “Done in a Day” crochet patterns.


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Skill Level: Easy 


Hook: US size P/10 (11.5 mm) crochet hook size or size needed to obtain gauge 

Yarn: 340 yards worsted weight yarn 

Sharp Scissors 
Yarn/Tapestry Needle 

Finished Size: 
Height: 17 inches 
Circumference: 28 inches 

Gauge: With 2 strands held together, 7 hdc x 4 rows = 4 inches 

hdcHalf double crochet
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.


Hold 2 pieces of yarn together as one throughout the pattern. 

Ch 32 

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (skipped chs count as first hdc), hdc in each remaining ch across. (30 hdc) 

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in back loop only of each st across. 

Repeat row 2 until work measures 28 inches in length. 

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. 

Fold cowl in half so that the first and last rows meet. 

With long tail, whipstitch first and last rows together. Turn cowl so that seam is on the inside.

Weave in all ends.

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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.