A Doctor Who Knitting Love Affair – Patterns and Pages
The popular BBC show Doctor Who seems to hold a special place in the heart of many knitters. The show has been on the air for about thirty-two seasons, which has allowed for a number of new followers through different generations. It centers on the Doctor and his time machine (otherwise known as a TARDIS), which, rather fortunately, is in the easy to knit shape of an old police box. Perhaps the ease of creating patterns of a simple rectangular object is the reason that so many knitters have taken up their very own TARDIS projects to share with the world.
When doing a quick Ravelry search for Doctor Who items, the first thing that comes up is a scarf that is worn by one of the doctors. This scarf was worn during several seasons and is such a popular item to knit that there is an entire webpage dedicated to it. The site DoctorWhoScarf.com will provide a history of this scarf as well as several free knitting patterns depending on which version you would like to knit up. My personal favorite is the Season 15 scarf, which is unique in that it is the longest scarf of them all.
While knitting this up would be quite a feat, I appreciate the dramatic effect that it would have when worn in public. The patterns on DoctorWhoScarf.com are easy to read and the scarf is actually pretty simple making it an ideal project for anyone who really loves garter stitch.
If scarves don’t interest you but TARDIS does, you have many options to choose from. I love the TARDIS socks that were created by Tara Wheeler of wittylittleknitter.com, another site dedicated to the knitting of the Doctor Who scarf. This pattern (available for free on wittylittleknitter) allows you to plug a TARDIS pattern into your favorite sock pattern. The pattern handwritten but easy to follow and the socks make for a quick and easy gift for the dedicated Doctor Who fan in your life.
If you want your own TARDIS knit up in almost life size proportions, I would suggest the TARDIS afghan by Ravelry user Carrie Fritsche. This afghan knits up to be 9’6” by 6’4” so be prepared to sit with it a while. The pattern is free and incredibly long and detailed but the end result is a neat TARDIS that can be carried around with you and used to snuggle under on cold days.
If you are really dedicated to both Doctor Who and knitting, there are a few places that have been created with you in mind. The first is the Ravelry group “Who Knits”, in which people come together to discuss their love of Doctor Who and yarn. The second is a small website also called Who Knits that operates as an open forum for knitters from all over the web. It isn’t updated much but you can see a lot of Doctor Who themed finished objects to provide you with a ton of inspiration for your next project.
What fun Doctor Who knits are you currently working on?
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