Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Doctor Who Scarf Knitting or Crochet Pattern

We just found this Doctor Who scarf pattern in our PBS files, so we wanted to share it with you! Follow this tutorial to recreate Tom Baker's original scarf. Baker was the fourth Doctor in the Doctor Who series. 


Requirements:
Size #9 Knitting Needles
4 ounce skeins of double knitting wool as follows:
   1 purple
   2 camel
   1 chocolate brown
   1 mustard
   1 rust
   1 grey
   1 olive green

Cast on 60 stitches.
In plain knitting, always slip the first
stitch and knit in the following order:

8 purple rows
52 camel
16 brown
10 mustard
22 rust
8 purple
20 green
8 mustard
28 camel
14 rust
8 brown
10 purple
42 green
8 mustard
16 grey
8 rust
54 camel
10 purple
12 green
8 mustard
18 rust
8 purple
38 brown
10 camel
8 grey
40 rust
14 mustard
20 green
8 purple
42 camel
12 brown
20 grey
8 rust
12 purple
6 camel
14 mustard
54 green
16 rust
12 grey
8 mustard
20 brown
10 purple
12 camel
32 grey
10 rust
16 mustard

Cast off.

The tassels are made from 1" lengths of wool. There are 7 tassels on each end and each tassel combines all 7 colors.

To Crochet Scarf
Single crochet. Use "P" crochet hook.
Chain 12 inches across using scarf pattern color (purple).
Chain 2 more then turn and single crochet third chain.
Single crochet one row, chain two, turn, single crochet.
Crochet number of rows (after chain) as in scarf pattern.

39 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for publishing this! Tom Baker was my favorite Doctor Who as a kid and I can't wait to crochet his scarf!

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  2. Isn't a single crochet stitch bigger then a knitted stitch. In height and width.

    Im crocheting the same pattern and my gauge is 2 single crochet rows, equal an inch. If I use the needle you suggest it would be even bigger. I'm using an f needle. My yarn is 4 ply medium weight.

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  4. Thanks for this great pattern, loved Tom as Dr Who. This pattern is in UK terms, if you are using US yarns, needles or hooks, you would use DK weight yarn, along with US #5 needles or a F hook. I think you'll find it will look more like the original.

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  5. I have made many scarves for the different seasons. I generally use an H or I hook with worsted acrylic yarns so it won't be too stiff. I would not use a P hook except possibly for the Season 18 if you use a chunky yarn. I use chain 1 for the turning chain in single crochet. I use 1 row of single crochet for 2 garter rows of knitting or 1 ridge.

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    1. I should have said I am in U.S. So what is single crochet in UK? I can't find any reference to it.

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    2. I think the sc in the USA is dc in UK. But better check on the Internet.

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    3. sc in US is dc in Europe. So sc in US is needle thru wrap, pull thru both loops acnd stitch done.

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  6. Can't wait to make this, saw them in the stores on Black Friday, so not worth the money. thanks

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  7. I created this pattern from another site using a US size 9 needle and Vanna's Choice yarn (she was at the time the only one who had all the colors available). I ended up making it for a co-worker and if I was to wear it it came too short for me, and I needed to get extra in a couple colors. Now that I have access to Patons DK, I could probably make one more consistent.

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  8. Visit www.doctorwhoscarf.com for more patterns, yarns suggestions and more.

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  9. I had a copy of the BBC pattern, it called for a size F crochet hook. My question is, what non wool yarn could I use that would be the same colours. MY husband is allergic to wool, desperately, and I would actually like him to be able to be near me when I wear it.

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    1. You may want to look into organic wool for your knitting needs for your husband. My son and his wife use wool straight from their farm which they raise alpaca sheep and angora goats.(Mohair)They process the fibers themselves and have found that the wool is much softer and allergen free. Processed wool uses chemicals that makes the wool feeling itchy and rough. Take a look at some of the stores on the internet that sell organic fibers. You will be amazed at the differences between the two.

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    3. (sorry I deleted above--I made some embarrassing typos) Just for the record, organic wool is not "allergen-free." The molecules in wool that make people allergic to it are in the wool fibers themselves (in the oils-- lanolin-- that is part of the natural oils). Allergies are the body's immune system reacting to certain chemicals that it has been exposed to. A chemical is any component of the substance, not necessarily something that has been added. While it's possible for a person to react less strongly to one type of wool than another, if it's an allergy to wool, then it doesn't much matter the source or how the source animal has been raised. Personally, I have less immediate itchiness to vicuna and cashmere, but sooner or later, the long-lasting itch, redness, eye-swelling, runny nose, etc., sets in. And they last long after removing the offending article of clothing, because it takes a while for the body's immune system to calm down.

      Note that you CAN be allergic to other things on the wool, like processing chemicals or dyes. Also, a contact irritation,sometimes referred to as prickliness and is not an actual allergy, can be mistaken for one. In that case, differently processed fibers can make a huge difference.

      For me, it has to be acrylic, unfortunately.

      http://allergysymptomsx.com/wool-allergy.php
      http://www.dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/wool-alcohols-allergy.html
      http://www.alpacas.com/%5Calpacalibrary%5Cwoolindustry.aspx

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  10. A question about the tassles... the pattern says that they're made from 1" lengths of wool. Here in the US, the double-apostrophe, or " symbol means inches, and the single-apostrophe, or ' symbol means feet. Should the tassle directions therefore read 1-foot lengths of wool/yarn instead of 1-inch?

    From the color photo, it looks as though the tassles are 12-inch, or one foot, lengths doubled over, or about 6 inches long once attached to the scarf.

    Thanks for your help!

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  11. What is the finished length of the scarf? I was trying to aim for around 12 feet (4 metres). Also, about what size of knitting needle would be best (in mm)? Thanks for the excellent instructions, really helpful!

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  12. The yarn length for the tassel: I believe that it is supposed to be 1 foot (12 inches)instead of one inch.

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  13. When it says "plain knitting" I assume that means knit-perl? Or is it all just knit?

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    1. From what I've read - it is all knit stitches.

      Check out this website - http://wittylittleknitter.com/ She has a lot of information for you. She even breaks down the colors by brand and the scarves by seasons/episodes.

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    2. Stockinette stitch. Knit every row.

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  15. I had a much loved lady in my life create one of these for me. I still have it. AND I still think of her fondly although it was over 30 years ago.....

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    1. the love of doctor who never truly leaves you once youve grown attached to it

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  16. Some of these colors I cannot be able to find and my husband wants one made so what other colors can I do to get the same effect?

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    1. Also I don't knit I crochet but I learned a lovely Tunisian Crochet stitch that replicates the traditional knit stitch and wondered if I can use that instead?

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  17. I'm going to attempt to crochet this. Any tips on hook size and stitch? I plan on single crocheting but am unsure what size hook to use as a P seems pretty big. I'm going to use 100% acrylic worsted yarn (Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn brand).

    Thanks!

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    1. There is a lot of information on conversion from British sizes to American. also websites that may have alternative yarn.

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  18. The fourth doctor is the one I remember as a child and his scarf is the one thing I remember the most. I'm excited to make the scarf but it will be crocheted instead. As I'm typing this we are watching Doctor Who specials are BBC America :-)

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    1. I'm also crocheting this, can I ask what size hook you are using? I went with I (5.50mm) but it seems like the scarf is a lot longer than it's supposed to be.

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  19. I just started this. Found the yarn at JoAnn fabrics. It's Vanna White brand. They had all the colors you would need. Anyone know the finished length?

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    1. I made a scarf with this pattern already. Mine came out right around 13 feet/4 meters.

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    2. I am looking to make this scarf with Vanna's Choice yarn as well. Can I ask the names of the colours you used? Thanks!

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    3. I am using Vanna's Choice as well. These are the colors I found matched well: Beige (123), Eggplant (145), Charcoal Grey (151), Toffee (124), Mustard (158), Brick (133), and Olive (174). I just bought them from www.fabric.com and the price I paid in November 2013 couldn't be beat by Joann's or Michael's. Hopefully they are still on sale. Have fun!

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  20. I don't know about crocheting, but knitting, I'm using a size 10, knitting needles. I started this scarf about 30 years ago, did about 3 feet, gave to my sister-in-law, she did about 6 1/2 feet, gave it back to me, and it sat for almost 30 years in a bag. I have picked it up and are determined to finish it. I had to rematch some of the colors, cause I did not have enough yarn. That was fun. So there are actually 8 colors, the rust, is done in 2 slighly different colors: rust & red-orange. Somewhere during the knitting process, the red-orange got knitted, so it does not look weird, I put it in a few more times, in place of rust. So instead of being 830 rows, it will be 865 rows. My pattern was written on notebook paper 30 years ago.

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  21. From which season is this scarf from 12-17?

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    1. Comparing it to other patterns, lack of a large grey stripe at the start and purple plus at the end put this at a Season 13.

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  22. so i added up all the rows lengthwise and that would be 830 but what is the width? 830x??

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