Claire Starz Outlander Sassenach Shrug by Polly Foo Foo
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Claire Starz Outlander Sassenach Shrug

August 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in garter
US 13 - 9.0 mm
174 yards (159 m)
Adult M/L (12/14)
This pattern is available for free.

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.

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.

Worked flat but on circular needles (29 inch)

Finished dimensions: Approx 10 inches tall, 33 inches long

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 (see pic further down).

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! :)