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Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor's Scarf

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The scarf I made is based on the one worn by Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor in the British Sci-Fi series Doctor Who. This oversized, multicolored scarf is perhaps the most iconic piece of his wardrobe. Usually reproductions of the scarf are knitted. I know nothing about knitting. I was on a tight time budget with no time to learn how to knit. Instead I decided to do some upcycling and make my scarf out of sweaters from a thrift store. I made a reproduction of the original Doctor Who scarf that was worn by the Fourth Doctor in seasons 12-14.
 
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Step 1: Materials, Tools and Supplies

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-a pattern (from this website)
-7 sweaters, one for each color*
-thread
-sewing machine
-hand sewing needles
-embroidery floss
-iron
-ruler
-chalk

*notes on choosing sweaters:

-when I went hunting for sweaters at thrift stores I made sure to bring along multiple reference pictures to get the colours right. Look for the biggest sweaters you can find to avoid running out of a particular colour..

-There are seven different colours needed for this scarf. The knit pattern in the material I looked for consisted of small vertical rows on the "right" side of the fabric that looked braided. I tried to maintain continuity by choosing sweaters with approximately the same size rows or the same knit, otherwise it looked goofy on the side I was using.

-I used the "wrong" side (inside) of the sweater as the outside of the scarf.

-I wasn't particular about the content of the sweaters being all the same; some were cotton, while others were synthetic. Color mattered more to me. (I would only hand-wash the scarf anyway)

Step 2: Pattern Conversion: Rows to Inches

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The measurements for each colour on the pattern I used were all in units of knitting rows, not inches.

I added up all the rows in the scarf. I knew that the scarf had to be 13 feet long (or 156"), I divided the total number of rows by 156, and came out with a conversion factor of 8.06 rows/inch.

(the photo is my complicated-looking conversion chart)
NOODLE!7 months ago
MY GOSH. HOW DID I NOT THINK OF THIS!?!??!?!?!?!
Doctor Who totally rockd
Eldjotnar1 year ago
I am so making one of these, even if it means I need to learn how to knit. Nicely done!
Correction: sew, not knit.
KBthreads (author)  Eldjotnar1 year ago
Awesome! I'd love to see it once it's complete!!!
oswin421 year ago
I can't see the pattern :( hope I can find the right color sweaters. really want one. thank you :)
pie popper2 years ago
This is so cool. I'm a sewer, not a knitter, so this will work brilliantly!

;D Great job!
KBthreads (author)  pie popper2 years ago
Thank you so much! It was heaps of fun :)
homba2 years ago
If your sewing machine has a differential feed, you can adjust it to eliminate that stretch. I use thrift-store sweaters for many projects and find that it tends to work the best. I use somewhere around 1.5-2, depending on the fabric. Usually you can find it on nicer overlock machines. I picked up an older nice one at a sewing machine repair store all refurbished for around $200. I'm very happy with the purchase.
KBthreads (author)  homba2 years ago
Great, I'll have to try that next time. Thanks for the feedback!
lemonie2 years ago

Quality - Tom Baker was the Terry Nation best.

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KBthreads (author)  lemonie2 years ago
Totally! Thanks much!
That looks great! And very comfy!
KBthreads (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you! It's a very cozy scarf :)
Gregbot2 years ago
Mr Fro ... Tom Baker ... was my intro into the world of Dr Who. ... You scarf beat a celery stick any day!
KBthreads (author)  Gregbot2 years ago
Hahaha thanks! :D
Kiteman2 years ago
Tom Baker rocks, and this is great for those of us who can't knit!
KBthreads (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
He totally does! I hope to learn to knit one day, but I figured I'd give this alternative a go!
ajleece Kiteman2 years ago
And we meet again on a Doctor Who thread!

This is truely awesome.
KBthreads (author)  ajleece2 years ago
Thank you so much! Doctor Who rocks :)