I have a friend, Jennifer, who loves the Dr. Who TV show. She expressed a desire to have the Dr. Who Scarf which is like a 10ft long knitted monstrosity. I guess he used it to measure things… In a moment of sheer “auntie” love madness (she is like a niece to me) I volunteered to make the scarf for her.
The original scarf was knitted but since I don’t knit I crochet we scoured the internet and found this pattern to go by:
I chose to use Vanna’s Choice yarns by Lion Brand. They have a wide variety of colors and the yarn is 100% acrylic – easy to care for, which is a plus for a college freshman. We went by this color chart:
Doctor Who Scarf – Season Twelve in Cascade 220 by Tara Wheeler
Ms. Wheeler has a number of patterns available. Her instructions can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/doctor-who-scarf—season-twelve-in-cascade-220
I used a size G crochet hook and although the patterns call for a single stitch, which closely resembles a knitted stitch I guess – remember, I crochet, I don’t knit. : ) I used a half double crochet stitch. It gave the scarf some texture and it made it a little lighter.
Colors and # of yarn skeins I used:
- P – Purple Color – 143 Skeins – 2
- C – Beige Color – 123 Skeins – 5
- B – Honey Color – 130 Skeins – 2
- M – Mustard Color – 158 Skeins – 2
- R – Cranberry Color – 180 Skeins – 3
- X – Olive Color – 174 Skeins – 3
- G – Gray Color – 149 Skeins – 1
So, now it’s time to get started on the project. I got goofy one night and figured out the number of days left until Christmas, the number of rows in the scarf and how many rows I will have to crochet on a daily basis to make sure I have the scarf completed by Christmas. There are 832 rows, 179 days (from the day I started the scarf) until Dec 23rd, my targeted completion date. I want enough time to wash it before I throw it in a gift bag and give it to her on Christmas morning. That averages out to just under 5 rows per day. Totally doable!
After a couple of false starts…I got the scarf way to wide the first time so I tore it out and started again. It’s still too wide I think, but we are going with it. If she ever goes up north in the wintertime, she’ll appreciate it being a little wider! I also had to tear out two rows and redo them because I discovered I had missed a couple of stitches. No biggie and actually I am about 4 days ahead of schedule, which is a good thing because I usually have 3 or 4 crochet projects going at once and rotate working on them. More about the other projects in a bit.
So, here are a couple of beginning pictures of my Dr. Who Scarf. I will post more pictures as the scarf, and days, progress.
Thanks for reading my blog. Happy crocheting!