Fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels have been eagerly awaiting the Starz television adaptation of the first book in the series. Crafty viewers of the show quickly discovered another reason to fall in love: the beautiful knitwear worn by the characters. Shrugs, cowls, capelets, and gauntlets stitched in thick wooly yarns may or may not be historically accurate, but regardless of their authenticity, the garments are striking just the right note with knitters. Costume designer Terry Dresbach wasn't given a lengthy period of time to create the many costumes (and the series involves time-traveling from the 15th century to the 20th century, further complicating costuming) so she purchased finished items from Etsy sellers and contracted with Scottish stitchers to create additional pieces. Find inspiration from the many Pinterest boards, Ravelry groups, blog posts and knit-alongs that have sprouted, then whip up your own chunky designs!
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