I've been working on this pattern all week from last Saturday's episode of Outlander - "Rent".
It seems so easy... yet it's quite deceiving. In fact, there has been a lot of discussion on Ravelry, Facebook and the like. Many people have created a version of the pattern that doesn't quite get the actual costume. Either the shawl is knit the wrong way (top to bottom, versus side-to-side), or the center line has the stitches slanting towards the bottom point instead of towards the middle of the neckline. Or perhaps there is no neckline edge. You can see why it's a little confusing. Yet it really seems like a very simple pattern.
I pulled up a triangular shawl I had created for my American Girl Doll.
I thought this would be a good pattern, but I quickly saw that the stitches were going top-to-bottom, not side-to-side.
I also thought the Oakley Shawl might work.
But once again, the stitches are top-to-bottom, not side-to-side.
So I started noodling. I was fine until I got to the center of the back. My stitches were still straight. Claire's are very obviously slanting up towards the neckline. I simply had to figure out this conundrum. I love to solve a puzzle and this one was going to get all my attention.
It's very hard to see in this screen shot from my TV, but you can just make out that the garter row stitches are slanting up towards the neckline at the center line.
And the discussions back and forth about the stripes. Oy! Since the shawl is knit side-to-side, you get to practice your intarsia color skills. If you go back to that first photo, you can just see the yarn twists showing where the color changes happen. See my version below.
After noodling and noodling and sleeping on it, I finally figured it out. Eureka!
I made a miniature version to test my theory and it worked. I needed to tweak it a bit, but had no patience for the color work, so I made a solid colored prototype for my second test.
And here's the back with the stitches slanting the proper direction.
But now I need to knit the adult sized shawl and I'll be ready to publish. Hopefully I'll have it done by this evening. Wish me luck.
NOTE: I appreciate everyone's versions of all the Outlander patterns out there. For me it's more about the journey to make the most authentic item as possible - not merely a facsimile. It's a puzzle to be solved. I enjoy that. I'm just trying to keep those brain cells working.
** My Rent Collecting Shawl pattern is now available on my Ravelry store. Click HERE to see the pattern for both the adult sized shawl and the miniature for your doll. It's a two-for-one!