|“It is the DOC-TOR! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!”|
I’ve wanted to knit a Doctor Who scarf for years, but for the longest time all the patterns online recommended yarns which were great matches for the colours in the TV scarf but were either impossible to find in the UK or ridiculously expensive. Boo! There was always the option of buying a ready-made scarf, but it just rankled to pay £45 for a scarf I could so easily make myself!!
While idly surfing the net last week I found myself looking at the scarf pattern again and noticed that someone had knitted it in Stylecraft Special DK and noted down the shade numbers! Not only could I get the yarn at my local yarn shop, but it’s super-cheap! An hour later I was at Get Knitted hunting out the seven colours I needed!
There are a couple of sites that give the stripe patterns for knitting your very own Doctor Who scarf. I opted for Witty Little Knitter‘s pattern, as the name makes me smile, and is of course a Doctor Who reference.
“Pity about the scarf– Madame Nostradamus made it for me– a witty little knitter. Never get another one like it–”
The Doctor, Ark in Space
It was a bit of a surprise to learn that there were several different versions of the Fourth Doctor’s scarf. I’d noticed that the scarf changed from the iconic broad striped one to a dark red/purple version in the Fourth Doctor’s last couple of series, but I’d failed to spot that there were several different lengths of scarf over the years.
|Tom Baker rocking the iconic scarf|
After reading through the options, I went with the season 14 scarf, for mostly practical reasons…it’s the shortest scarf. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m a bit on the short side, so having a scarf that won’t constantly try and trip me up seemed like a good idea! It’s probably going to come in at approximately 9 foot long, which is plenty…
It’s been really quick to knit up so far; I’m coming up on halfway through the scarf and I’ve been knitting on and off for just a week. I wish that I’d knitted it in time to wear for the 50th anniversary celebrations last year, but better late than never! I’ll wear it proudly for the London Super Comic Convention in March!
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