November 23, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, everyone's favourite Time Lord. If you've read other posts in this blog, you'll already know that I'm a big Doctor Who fan or Whovian. And I love to knit Doctor Who related things. The most famous knitted thing to come out of Doctor Who is, of course, the enormous scarf worn by the Fourth Doctor, who was played by Tom Baker (also my first Doctor). Now, I've already made one of those for my husband for Christmas a couple of years ago (see this post), but I wanted one for myself.
Since it is the 50th anniversary year, I wanted to make a scarf that honoured all eleven doctors. The solution was fairly easy - assign a colour to each Doctor, and of course use blue for the TARDIS, the Doctor's travelling machine (disguised as an old-fashioned blue Police Box).
The next challenge was the pattern. I originally thought of creating numbers and appliquing them on, but I soon realized that it would be much cooler to actually incorporate all the colours into the actual knitting. I found a pattern on Ravelry that was what I was looking for: the Textured Window Scarf by Jan Lewis (pattern available through Ravelry, but you have to have an account).
Next, it was off to Wool-Tyme to fetch the yarn. I already knew I wanted to use Patons - it's good quality, relatively inexpensive, and there's a good colour range. I did preliminary work to determine what colours to use for each Doctor:
First Doctor (William Hartnell) - Light grey (Patons Canadiana Pale Grey Mix), because Doctor Who began as a black and white television show, and because of the First Doctor's white hair.
Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) - Pale blue (Patons Canadiana Cherished Blue). Although the Second Doctor episodes were also filmed in black and white, colour photos and later appearances show that he wears a blue shirt.
Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) - Burgundy (Patons Classic Wool Burgundy). At last, Doctor Who's adventures were being filmed in colour, and the Third Doctor's burgundy velvet jacket made quite the impression!
Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) - Dark Brown (Patons Classic Wool Moonrock). Brown was a prominent colour in the Fourth Doctor's wardrobe until Baker's final season (Season 18). I think it's because it was the 1970s.
Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) - Light Green (Patons Canadiana Cedar Green). While I could have gone with red, it made sense to go with green for the celery stalk the Fifth Doctor always wears on his lapel ("an excellent restorative from where I come from").
Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) - Gold (Patons Canadian Fools Gold). The Sixth Doctor could have stolen his coat from Joseph, it has so many colours, but I chose gold, since no other doctor has yellow as a prominent colour. It also matches his curls!
Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) - Red (Patons Decord Barn Red). The final Doctor of "old Who" often had red as a highlight of his wardrobe. It provided a great contrast to his dark hair.
Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) - Dark Green (Patons Decor Deep Aqua). The Eighth Doctor, who appeared in the 1996 television movie) wore a dark green frock coat as part of his costume, though the colour is hard to see in stills.
Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) - Purple (Patons Canadiana Dark Amethyst). The Ninth Doctor kicked off new Who in style, with a modern wardrobe. His purple jumper helped him stand out from the other incarnations of the Doctor and added to his darker look.
Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) - Dark Brown (Patons Decor Chocolate Taupe). This was a tricky choice, because the Tenth Doctor wore both blue and brown suits. In the end, the royal blue suit of the Tenth Doctor wouldn't have gone well with the blue I wanted to use for the TARDIS, so brown won out.
Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) - Tweedy brown (Paton Classic Wool Moss Heather). Although I was going to use brown for the Tenth Doctor, I decided the tweed was best for the Eleventh Doctor. I couldn't go with burgundy as in the Eleventh Doctor's bow tie, because that was already taken by the Third Doctor.
And then, the most difficult colour to match, that of the TARDIS. She's had different shades of blue over the year, as you can see here:
So, I tried to find a shade of blue that sort of matched them all. I lucked out in the sale section (Patons Decor Mallard)!
I was all set, so I pulled out my 4mm needles and began. I quickly discovered that the count for the window section was off and wouldn't work, so I replaced it with seed stitch throughout. I kept the garter stitch border, though. For the fringe, I alternated: TARDIS + Five Doctors for one tassel, Six Doctors the next.
Here's the final result!
And here it is, being worn. You can see it's not as long as the Fourth Doctor scarf. :D
It's nice and lightweight, which is also nice. I think it'll last me quite some time, though I don't anticipate being around for the 100th anniversary!