Sunday, August 31, 2014

Claire Starz Outlander Sassenach Shrug Free Pattern

Here is my interpretation of the shrug that Claire was wearing when she met Geillis in episode 2. Hers was in variegated browns, but I had this wonderful blue/green mix which I found was perfect.

Yarn: Berroco Peruvia Colors, 1 skein
Needle: 9 mm / Size 13 (Worked flat but on circular 29 inch needles)
The one skein of Berroco Peruvia Colors was JUST enough to make this shrug at these dimensions. Keep in mind this yarn which is not springy on its own, is knitted with fairly large needles, and therefore allows for stretch and give.
Finished dimensions: Approx 10 inches tall, 33 inches long

Cast on 83 stitches. (I used long tail method)
Knit 47 rows.
Bind off (I did the basic bind off, loosely)
Fold in half lengthwise.
Make armholes. For me, that was about 7 inches of seaming for each arm. I used a simple whip stitch.
Weave in ends.
Go pick some fresh herbs from the potager garden.
If I were to knit this again, I think I’d spring for the 2nd skein and make it longer down the back by knitting another 10 rows or so. The arms would be bigger as well, which I don't really need, but that would be an overall result. 
Can be worn as a makeshift cowl if you put one arm inside the other.
The knitty gritty: I had quite a few false starts with this pattern. I knew it was simple enough in construction - garter stitch, worked flat, seamed armholes. I estimated the gauge but when I knitted it up, it just didn’t look right. Three types of yarn, a variety of needle sizes, and a headache later, I realized it was the YARN. I believe this shrug resembles Claire’s best when a heavy-worsted 1-ply roving/yarn is used. The stitches are clear. There are no ‘ply shadows’. I learned a lot from this project.
If you have any questions or comments please let me know! :)
Listed on Ravelry as well.


  1. Thanks for the lovely, easy pattern - just watched this episode last night and loved this shrug. Will be giving it a try!

  2. Fell in love with the shrug on Outlander. Thanks for the free pattern, now just gotta learn to knit. Gonna give it a try!

  3. Hello, this is a lovely pattern. Alas, I cannot knit. Any ideas on how to convert this to crochet? Thanks! I plan to make your crochet version of the cowl which is just beautiful.

    1. what timing! just yesterday i began experimenting with stitches to convert this (as best as possible, since knit and crochet don't look the same) to a crocheted version. when it is done i will write up a new post. i hope today or tomorrow.

      thanks for asking!

    2. lol, well that's wonderful news to me! I look forward to the crochet pattern. Thanks so much for sharing!

    3. You could try using the waistcoat stitch to replicate knitting with crochet

    4. i had never heard of the waistcoast stitch so i had to look it up. that's great! thanks for mentioning it, unknown.

  4. I love this little shrug. I had some leftover Lion Brand Homespun and was able to make one. I have been wearing it non-stop. I live in Southern California where it hasn't gotten very cold yet. It's the perfect little something to keep my shoulders and upper arms warm when I'm in a tank top or T-shirt. I ordered some of the Berroco Peruvian and am going to knit up a couple more, for myself and for a gift. I am also going to teach some friends to knit and this is the pattern we are using. I thought it would be a fun project for them and easy for beginners. Thanks!!

    Is it okay to use 36" circulars instead of 29"?

    1. What a sweet note! I'm so glad you are happy with your shrug. So nice to hear you are teaching this fun and useful craft to your friends. Yes 36 circs are perfectly fine. Enjoy! Thank you for writing.

  5. How would I make this into a shrug for a person that wears 3x size shirts. I want to make this for my step daughter and she loves outlander. She's a pecan person in my life and would like to make this for her.

    1. hey there! i worked this up for just one size, but if you can figure out her measurements and do a little math, i'll bet you could work up something for her size. this pattern is pretty straightforward as it is a rectangle later seamed for the arms. if you could get a piece of her clothing to use as a reference and try to match your work with those dimensions, you'd be good to go!! :)

  6. I loved this the moment I saw it. I Will give it a try❤

  7. Hiya. Well it seems the yarn has been discontinued. I was checking out the Lion Brand Homespun as someone said they had used. My question is, as the needles are pretty large, are these the ones recommended for this yarn or have you totally sized up?
    Thanks for your help and your wonderful free patterns! Keep up the great work!
    Greetings from Spain