The infamous Outlander Cowl! I decided I wanted something simple, beginner friendly, and fast. Fast was really something I was after. This pattern fits the bill – it is very simple, works up fast – and best of all, it’s gorgeous. Squishy and drapey, the bulky yarn really shines.
Great for beginners or experienced knitters, this project is a hit for holiday gifts, too.
For a classic Claire style, pick a heathered grey yarn.
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Yarn: 200 yards of bulky weight yarn. Sample used Loops & Threads Charisma in “Forest”, 2 skeins.
Needle(s): US 35 (19 mm)
Notions: Optional buttons (sample used 2 but 3 would work better), sized 1 1/8” (28 mm) or larger as needed.
Note: This cowl is worked flat with two strands held together to create a super soft, squishy end project.
Using 2 strands at once, CO 10 stitches. If making a solid loop, use a provisional cast on for a seamless finish. Otherwise, cast on as usual.
Row 1: k all stitches
Repeat row 1 until cowl is desired length, leaving enough yarn to BO (measure 4 x the width of your piece and leave at least that much yarn – a bit extra doesn’t hurt though!).
For a seamless finish with a provisional cast on, sew pieces together using Kitchener stitch.
If no provisional cast on was used, seam ends together.
Optionally, twist piece as it’s being sewn to make the cowl lay flat when worn longer as a scarf.
To add buttons, sew along one end. No button holes are needed since the piece is gappy enough to let them slip through.
Don’t knit? I make these to order in my Etsy shop in colours of your choice. Check out the listing here!