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Free Pattern Friday: Claire’s Capelet from Red Heart

It’s April 1st, it’s Free Pattern Friday, and there are no jokes here! Season 2 of Outlander begins airing this month, and if you’re a fan like me, you’ve been eagerly anticipating this moment since the last one ended. In the time it’s taken to film the second season, I’ve had time to read four of the Outlander books (although I’m not caught up yet, so no spoilers!) and my obsession has only grown. If you’re looking for a story that combines history, romance [1], drama, and a bit of sci-fi, then Outlander is the book (or show!) for you.

When I first started watching the television series, the first thing I noticed were all the great chunky knits [1] that the characters wear. I’m sure it’s rather cold in Scotland, and even though the series began in the summertime, I was already longing for fall just by looking at all the wraps and cowls [2] featured in the show! Today we’re bringing you an Outlander-inspired pattern from Red Heart Yarn [3] – a capelet that looks just like something Claire could be found roaming the highlands in. Work up this pattern just in time for the return of the show – I know I’ll be on the edge of my seat!

Outlander Knitting Pattern [4]

Romantic Capelet
Designed by Cathy Payson

RED HEART® Grande™: 4 balls 402 Foggy
Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 13 mm [US 17]
Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 6.5 mm [US K 10½]
Stitch markers, yarn needle

6½ sts = 4” (10 cm); 12 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Garter Stitch (knit every row).
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished Measurements:
Length: 10 (11, 12)” [25 (28, 30) cm], not including collar
Bottom edge: 50 (55, 60)” [127 (139.5, 152.5) cm]
Neck edge: 21 (26, 26)” [53.5 (66, 66) cm]

Capelet fits most women.

Directions are for size X-Small/Small. Changes for sizes Medium/Large and X-Large/XX-Large are in parentheses.

M1 =Make one st. Insert the left needle from front to back into the horizontal strand between the two stitches (increase).
ssk =Slip next 2 stitches, one at a time as if to knit, to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop (decrease).

Capelet is worked in rows in one piece from the bottom edge/hem to collar.

k= knit;
k2tog= knit 2 sts together;
p= purl;
st(s)= stitch(es);
*= repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.

capeletWith knitting needles, cast on 82 (90, 98) sts.
Row 1 (wrong side): K5, place marker, *k18 (20, 22) sts, place marker; repeat from * to last 5 sts, k5.
Rows 2-5: Work in Garter st (knit every row) for 4 rows, slipping markers as you come to them.
Row 6 (Decrease): K5, slip marker, *k2tog, knit to 2 sts before next marker, ssk, slip marker; repeat from * to last 5 sts, k5—74 (82, 90) sts.
Rows 7-9: Work in Garter st for 3 rows.Repeat Rows 6-9 until 34 (42, 42) sts remain. Work even in Garter st until piece measures 10 (11, 12)” [25.5 (28, 30.5) cm] from beginning, ending with a wrong side row.

Turning Ridge at Neck

Next Row (right side): Knit.
Next 2 Rows: Purl.
Next Row (wrong side): Knit.


Row 1 (right side): Knit to first marker, m1, slip marker, k1, m1, *knit to next marker, m1, slip marker, repeat from * to last marker, m1, slip marker, k1, m1, knit to end of row—40 (48, 48) sts.
Rows 2-4: Knit.
Row 5: Knit to first marker, remove marker, m1, knit to last marker removing the other markers as you come to them, m1, remove last marker, knit to end of row—42 (50, 50) sts.
Rows 6 and 7: Knit.
Bind off all sts as if to knit.

(make 2)
With crochet hook, crochet a chain 15” [38 cm] long, join with slip st to one end of neck turning ridge. Fasten off. Knot free end of chain. Repeat to make and attach second tie to other end of neck turning ridge. Tie neck ties in a bow. Use photo as a guide for placement.

Weave in ends.

If you love the cowl pictured with the capelet in the image above, you can find that tutorial here on AllFreeCrochet.com!

Have you read or watched Outlander?

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