C is for Claire’s Cowl #atozchallenge

Say it Rah-shay By Apr 07, 2015 15 Comments

At the preview for Outlander I attended, I hadn’t really paid much attention to this cutout of Claire rocking a cowl.

However, since I have had a chance to watch the Outlander series, I have become obsessed with the knitting that is featured on the show. Claire, and the other women on the show, rock some of the best knits: chunky cowls, cozy shawls and some cool arm warmers which make me want to become a healer (or at least work up a pair of my own!).

I think the knits are like a character on the show; each accessory quietly making it’s presence known and making people like me ooh and ahh. There’s even a Buzzfeed article about the knits (which I helpfully linked here!)  for people like me who can’t get enough of the looks.

I hit up Ravelry (good ole Ravelry!) for info about the patterns and, as expected, Ravelry delivered.

My first attempt at a cowl was not great. Too impatient to wait until I could get larger needles, I grabbed the largest knitting needles I had in my home, a pair of 19s and tried to make adjustments to my hand at a cozy cowl but I didn’t have the right materials for the job. I grabbed the largest needles I had at home, a size 19 (mm) and tried to adjust the this pattern I found on Polly Foo Foo.


I ran out of yarn and the cowl was just not stretchy enough.

Attempt at the "Claire Cowl"

Me being all posey as I show off my cowl



I got a pair of size 50 needles from Michaels (use my affiliate link to get 40% Off Any One Regular Price Item!) and tried it again.

Comparing size 50 knitting needles to size 19

Comparing size 50 knitting needles to size 19


Working with size 50 needles is a bit of a workout! I used Bernat Mega Chunky which is so thick and ropey. I panicked when I felt like I was running out of yarn and frogged the project.

Double strand mega bulky yarn on size 50 needles

Double strand mega bulky yarn on size 50 needles


My third time is a charm!

So far the yarn is working up cozy and has a good feeling to it. I should be finished working this up this week and will post photos of the finished product on Instagram (I’m on there as “sayitrahshay“).


Join me each day (ish) for the A to Z Blogging Challenge! Each day I will share a post inspired a letter of the alphabet.




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  1. Great that you managed to knit yourself a sweater. That 50″ knitting needle is really enormous!!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Great job! I have always wanted to learn how to knit. Maybe one of these days….

  3. Pamela Bluehs Rote says:

    I haven't knit in a while–if I did pick it up again I'd love to make myself one of these— I have a cream one I picked up a few years back at a craft show, starting tolook warn–The color you picked is SUPER!!!

  4. Jamie says:

    Wow, I am impressed! I don’t knit, but would love to give it a try someday…if only I had more time!

  5. Knitting takes patience and dexterity. My mother-in-law was great at it. I can crochet much better. I noticed your A to Z posts, which are super interesting, aren’t following alphabetical order. I think it might confuse people and they think you’ve dropped out if they see a ‘c’ on ‘f’ day. Lovely pictures too.

  6. I really wish that I knew how to knit. I learned how to crochet a few years ago and love making stuff.

  7. I can’t even remember when I last knit, this looks amazing!

    1. Rachee says:

      Thanks! I appreciate your compliment!

  8. I used to love knitting when I was in high school! I may have sucked at sewing, but I’m quite proud of my knitting skills. 🙂

    1. Rachee says:

      That’s awesome! I wish I could see.

  9. katrina g says:

    that’s really cool. I couldn’t do that if i tried. I just don’t have the skill and patients to do it.

  10. This is awesome indeed. I have the needles but have to get the yarn for it. Can't wait to see the pictures when you done. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Rosey says:

    I can imagine how you felt when you thought the yarn was running out. I know that feeling well. 🙂 Your cowl turned out really nice in the posey pic. 🙂

  12. Manu Kalia says:

    This reminds me of my mother who loves to knit. I bet my wife would love to read this. Thank you for sharing

  13. eliz frank says:

    Good for you to make such a pretty cowl neck infinity scarf. It looks like you matched the yarn colors very well too.

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