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February 03, 2015



I didn't get to watch Outlander (not having Starz), but the pictures I've seen of the costumes are amazing. I agree about the knits, though. I'm willing to let certain things slide, but yeah ... that bulky cowl just has to go!

Claire Helene

This is interesting! I had no idea the knitwear was period. I know that the knit pieces have been attracting a lot of attention. One of my friends owns a yarn shop and she said she keeps getting questions about Outlander. After I read your post, I googled and found this: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/the-knitwear-on-outlander-is-possibly-the-best-part-of-the-s#.nodGD1R8Q No wonder the costume person sounds so testy over the calls about historical inaccuracy. She sounds super pleased with herself over the pieces! I agree with you, though, it would have been an easy thing to discuss as you said above, but she's trying to have it both ways.


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Claire Helene,That is exactly what is bugging the historical-knitting purists, that people who dont know, now think that chunky wristwarmers and infinity cowls have been around since 1745. The Jane Austen Knits magazines are in a similar position very few of the items in them are really something that a Regency person would have knitted or worn, i.e. that even existed as knitwear at the time.This is very much like the question of historical accuracy in movies I mean actual events, not just clothing. How much leeway can we take with real events? Do we owe anything to the historical record? Where do we draw the line between the necessities of boiling a story down to 2 hours, and the historical record?Thanks for commenting,Jeanne


Some one has a costume blog I stumbled across where she points out the re-use of costumes, particularly 'historic' ones. If I could remember where or who, she might have the Cranford shawl. Sooo many people have asked me about the outlander cowl. Sheesh.


I enjoyed reading the knitting history in this post. If I had seen this show, I probably would've dumbly admired the knitwear and wouldn't have noticed how inaccurate it really is.


Sarina, I’ve learned a lot from the Historic-Knitting listers! There are some amazingly knowledgeable knitters there.


I'm pretty sure there weren't time travelers from the modern age running around in historic Scotland either.

Karen B

Very interesting blog post. I'm actually sad to hear all the knitted items aren't accurate. I (as a knitter) have very much enjoyed the knitted costume pieces in this show. Sad not accurate, but happy still beautiful. (I just knitted up that super chunky cowl, blocking now.)


Karen, I’ve seen some very charming and appealing designs in the “Jane Austen Knits” series of magazines! There is certainly no reason not to admire them or the “Outlander” designs – but we shouldn’t assume from either that they are historically accurate. And I see no reason not to wear them, either as part of a modern ensemble or a costume, as long as historical accuracy isn’t an issue!

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