Doctor Who taught me how to knit

Topher's picture

Well, not really, but it was because of Doctor Who that I taught myself how to knit. I loved the scarves that Tom Baker wore during his tenure as the Doctor. When my mom told me a couple years ago she was going to knit us all scarves for Christmas, I told her exactly what I wanted and gave her the pattern. Well, time has a way of slipping past and two years later, still no scarf. So I hit up my good friend YouTube and taught myself. I made my first scarf in January. It measures 15 feet in length and 9 inches wide. The original measured 26 feet and 11 inches wide. I was disappointed that mine didn't reach that length, but am so happy I made it! I'm working on a second one right now, on larger gauge needles, that should be the same width and length as the one Tom Baker wore. My goal for this year is to make one of each from the series.

I've attached a pic below.

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Topher's picture

Thanks for all the

Thanks for all the compliments!

Michael, This is the Season 18 scarf. My goal is to make one of each of the scarves worn by Tom Baker during his Doctor Who years. At 26 feet, this was by far the longest scarf he wore. It's funny to watch some of the episodes and see him tripping over it. I got the pattern from The lady who runs the site has patterns for each of the scarves. She also provides a round-about way to get the appropriate colors, since the yarn used for the originals is no longer available.

Kerry, I am using Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted for the purple (#959) and red (#0999) and Cascade 220 (#2414) for the orange. I wasn't thrilled about mixing two different brands, but that was the only way I could get the correct colors.

michaelpthompson's picture

That's cool. I had another

That's cool. I had another lady completely who also does patterns for all the scarves. Now I've got a lot more to read on the wittylittleknitter site. It's a fascinating history.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

TheKnittingMill's picture

That's a beautiful scarf and

That's a beautiful scarf and you definitely have an eye for color!

The Knitting Mill

michaelpthompson's picture

Cool scarf! It's one of my

Cool scarf! It's one of my ambitions to make the Doctor Who scarf. Which pattern did you use? I want to make the original one from Season 14.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks for the link. I am

Thanks for the link. I am not to the stage of wanting to knit one up, but it's good to have a reference for the future. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Kerry's picture

Great looking scarf and

Great looking scarf and colour. What yarn did you use?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Yaaaayyy!! Another Whovian.

Yaaaayyy!! Another Whovian. One of my favorite parts of an interview with Tom Baker is where he discussed the perils and drawbacks of filming in such a long scarf. That's why there were scenes in the scripts where it would be cut by samurai, sliced by lasers, etc. Eventually, if memory serves, there was another, shorter, one [in a different color scheme] that appeared later and the scarf was gradually phased out of the Doctor's costume. Your scarf is quite nice, by the way. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Britannic's picture

Awesome scarf! Love to meet

Awesome scarf! Love to meet fellow Whovians who knit! Looking forward to the next series of Matt Smith's doctor! It starts here on 4/23 on BBC America!

Mnjack's picture

The scarf is

The scarf is beautiful..great job. I want to have one. Welcome aboard.

Bill's picture

Welcome to the group!

Welcome to the group! Christopher,
That's a gorgeous scarf!!!