Do you want to make the Outlander cowl?

Have you read Outlander?  I have. But I haven't seen any of the television program.  Why?  Simple.  I don't have that channel. I'm hoping it ends up on amazon prime, netflix, or perhaps hulu. As I've got all those fricking things and STILL CAN'T SEE OUTLANDER YET!

Who doesn't want this cowl?  Nobody! That's who!
Anywho, all of my fellow fiber obsessors were talking about the gorgeous knit items in the program. To which I said, screw that, I'm a hooker.  After drooling over the photos of many of the shows gorgeously knit outerwear, I just had to drop everything and make something today.  

I think any artist, but especially a knitter or hooker, knows the siren call of the right materials.  I simply had to get my hands on some yarn and whip something up.  Come hell or high water.   Actually if either hell or high water showed up, I would indeed stop.  

Here is the culmination of my afternoon:

It's like being born out of a yarn vagina.  

You have no idea how amazing this is to wrap yourself in.  But you will know, because you are going to make it too!

Yummy, autumn, yarn, fiber, warm, cozy, arrraaggggghghghghgh...

All in all, if you are an experienced hooker you should be able to make this in an afternoon.  The biggest pain will be working with a large hook and/or bulky yarn if you aren't used to it or don't like to mess with such oversized materials.  I'm not that thrilled with it if I'm honest it.  It makes my hands ache and when you get near the end, the actual item is so heavy it's difficult to maneuver. 

But oh, is it worth it...

Snuggle it.  You know you want to.

So, here's the pattern folks...


Size Q hook (yes, you read that right.  It's insane.)
Super Bulky Yarn (photos are of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Sequoia- I assure you the photos do not do the beauty of this yarn justice.)  I used approximately 2 1/2 skeins.
Tapestry needle to weave in ends.

Gauge: 5 stitches = approximately 6".  Yes, you read that right too!

The only skill you need to make this cowl is knowing how to single crochet in the back loop only.  That gives you the ribbing as well as the stretchy give to wear in a cool way over your shoulders.  

  • Chain 35.
  • Single crochet in each chain to end. (35 SC)
  • Turn and SC in back loop only to end. (35 SC in back loop)
  • Repeat back and forth until cowl is desired width.  To get one as wide and roomy as mine, complete 44 rows of SC in the back loop only! 
  • You will now have a nice rectangle. Crochet the short sides together with SC to form a tube. Don't worry about the seam as it will simply look like another rib.
  • Weave in ends.

You are done dude.  Now, snuggle up with your cowl!