Raise your hand if you’ve been watching Outlander on Starz.
Good for you!!!
If you haven’t, stop reading and go watch it. There, I even gave you the link. (On second thought – don’t stop reading. Read this and then go watch it.)
I read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon last year. I liked it, but had a few small annoyances that kept me from finishing the series. That, and, let’s face it…the books are intimidating. Outlander was 630ish pages. The second one, Dragonfly in Amber, is 770. I have no doubt it’ll be great, but I kinda have to gear myself up for that. I felt the same way with Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series. It’s a commitment, you know?
I was pretty excited to hear they were making a TV show, but then I promptly forgot about it. Thankfully, Jimmie has a steel-trap TV mind and keeps tabs on all of that stuff for me. A few weekends ago we plopped down on the couch and caught up on the first few episodes. We’ve been watching religiously since. (And yes, it’s mostly a girl show, but he doesn’t mind it. So guys – tough it out for your lady.)
Along about Episode 3, Claire wears this absolutely gorgeous scarf. I immediately looked at Jimmie and declared I MUST HAVE ONE.
I’m not the only one to lust after this scarf. Oh no. There should probably be a fan club just for Claire’s clothing. Sign me up.
So I Googled “Outlander Claire’s Scarf” and found half a dozen links to Etsy shops where I could pay anywhere from $35 – 70 for my very own Outlander scarf. Errmmmmm…….
Thankfully, there are skillful knitters out there who kindly provided patterns….free patterns…to make my own. Sounded like a good project, right? I figured even if the yarn was expensive, surely I could make it for less than the Etsy scarves. Plus it’d be mine.
As it turned out, I stopped in Jo-Ann’s while they had their four 50% off coupons, so the yarn and needles ended up costing me a whopping $12. Remember this post?
These are the most ridiculous looking knitting needles I’ve ever seen. When I found them, I blurted out, “that seems extreme.” The lady stocking the yarn next to me laughed. I actually got on my phone to make sure I really needed them. (Spoiler alert – I did.)
I used Polly Foo Foo’s Outlander Cowl pattern. It was super easy to follow, and super easy to knit. I also used the same yarn she did, because I loved the way hers turned out. I followed the pattern exactly. Go to her site for the full information, but here’s the gist.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Barley (2 skeins)
Needles: 25 mm (size 50)
Knit with two strands held together.
Cast on 17 stitches using long-tail method.
Knit every row until you have about 27″ of material.
Bind off and seam edges together.
I did this in two nights, maybe about 3-4 hours total. If you’re an accomplished knitter, no doubt you’ll be faster. I’m still in the baby steps stage. If you’re here with me, knitting with two strands was actually pretty easy. I just put both skeins of yarn on the floor and let them roll around. (The dogs loved it.) Having the two strands is what makes the cowl so incredibly thick and chunky. Here’s what it looked like before seaming the ends together.
This was also my first time knitting with thick yarn, and I totally get why everyone told me to start with it. Linda, if you’re reading this, I apologize for my stubbornness. You were totally right. SO MUCH EASIER.
And yes, in case you’re wondering – the needles (or as I like to call them, vampire stakes) are awkward. Which reminds me, if you’re making this, mine were 14″ long. I wouldn’t go any shorter than that, but they were fine.
I have to say…I’m so crazy proud of this. It’s not perfect – I still knit too tightly – but it’s mine and I made it and it’s warm and fuzzy and looks pretty darn close to how I wanted it to look. I’m also kind of obsessed with it. I want one in every color. I want to make them for gifts. I want to buy all the yarn in Jo-Ann’s and make them until my fingers bleed. I mean….LOOK AT IT. (Please ignore my messy hair – I’d just finished running on the treadmill. Go me.)