Dr Who Inspired Scarf

DrWho6I recently made a DR Who ‘Inspired’ scarf for my friends Partner for his birthday, he is a Dr Who fan. There are many resources and patterns out there and I thoroughly appreciate the work these people put into their patterns. I’m not a Dr Who fan, but while  researching I wanted to know all the scarves for all the seasons that were made then I started to feel that I was going down the rabbit hole that would definitely consume too much of my time so this is as far as I’m going for now, ha ha.DrWho4

My scarf is a lot shorter than the original, I wanted it to be practical and to be used everyday in the colder months, the original pattern ends up being around 264cm long x 26cm wide, by my calculations. Mine ends up 195cm long x 27cm wide. This is a crochet pattern, the original is knitted. There is some great patterns out there already and they are great for fans wanting replica’s of the originals.

Sandie Petit has some amazing Dr Who crochet patterns and I suggest going over to her page and having a look at  Dr Who Crochet Scarf Crochet Pattern.   DrWho3

The other resources I used were these other two websites and I recommend checking these out too. BBC Dr Who Scarf Pattern Original Note  – this one has an upload of one of the original knitting pattern instructions that the BBC sent out, I used this to create my pattern in crochet. And check out this link too Dr Whoscarf.com   as this is very informative.

DrWho1My scarf is NOT a true Dr Who copy, I have followed the colour scheme of one of the seasons, but not the same colour block lengths. If you want an exact replica, that you can crochet, of one of the scarves from this memo (Knitting Instructions from BBC ) then go to Sandie’s page and look under Scarf’s or go straight to this link for the instructions. I worked it out myself and now looking over Sandie’s pattern they’re identical, so go and check Sandie’s out.

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What you need:

All Stylecraft Special DK 100g balls:

  • 1 x Mocha
  • 1 x Graphite
  • 1 x Khaki
  • 1 x Burgundy
  • 1 x Copper
  • 1 x Camel
  • 1 x Mustard
  • 4mm crochet hook.
  • Darning/tapestry needle (for sewing in ends)
  • Scissors

 

~ Starting with Burgundy CH46, SC in 2nd CH from hook then SC in remaining CH’s, CH1 and turn. (45 SC) This 1st row counts towards your 4 rows in the Burgundy, so tally off your 1st row.

~Every row is the same SC45, CH1 and turn (or you can turn then CH1 at the end of each row, it’s completely up to you). I will now give the rows and colours that I did, I have given you a table, you can print this off and tally off the rows as you go.

Colour Rows Row Counter
Burgundy 4
Camel 26
Mocha 8
Mustard 5
Copper 11
Burgundy 4
Khaki 10
Mustard 4
Camel 14
Copper 7
Mocha 4
Burgundy 5
Khaki 21
Mustard 4
Graphite 8
Copper 4
Camel 11
Burgundy 7
Khaki 3
Mustard 15
Copper 5
Burgundy 12
Mocha 17
Camel 4
Graphite 5
Copper 9
Mustard 11
Khaki 4
Burgundy 3
Camel 11
Mocha 5
Graphite 7
Copper 4
Burgundy 7
Camel 3
Mustard 6
Khaki 17
Copper 4
Graphite 8
Mustard 3
Mocha 15
Burgundy 6
Camel 6
Graphite 5
Copper 2
Mustard 5

DrWho7Now for the tassels, I gave these 7 tassels on each end with each of the 7 seven colurs used. Because the stitch count couldn’t be divided equally between 7 I put tassels on the 1st ST, then the 7th ST space for 2 more tassels, the next 2 tassels were placed on every 8th ST space then every 7th St space for next 2 tassels, then the 8th ST space for the last tassel.

It’s not overly important to be spot on, but it looks pretty even like this. The tassels can be as short or as long as you wish. Or leave the tassels all together, you could also join either end to create an Infinity Scarf.

DrWho8That’s it! I hope this was helpful or any of the links were helpful. If you do make this scarf please and upload to Instagram I would love to see it, you could use the hashtag #knotsewshorty . 

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Welcome and hello!

Hello, this is my first post and I will introduce myself. I am Anita Short, I love to crochet, knit and sew. I mainly crochet and sew, I call myself a novice knitter, maybe I’m an intermediate but I wouldn’t wish to oversell my skills at this point. My Mum taught me to sew from about the age of 9 or 10, she is an amazing seamstress and has spent many years sewing for others, I’m hoping to get some of her creations in my shop or set her up on her own. I’d love to work with my Mum.

My dear Nan {my Mum’s mother} taught me to knit from about 9 or 10 years old, and I’ve also been a basic knitter, don’t get me wrong though, I know how to and I’ve knit up shawls and socks without patterns, but I am in awe of a lot of knitters on Instagram and the web who know so much and do all the beautiful stitches. I feel the same in my  crochet and sewing abilities, I believe there’s always room for improvement and I’ll always be learning. Sadly My Nan, Nanny Kathy we called her, passed away in 2013 from cancer. I miss her and not being able to share what I’ve made with her breaks my heart, you want to show the people who were there in the beginning, the ones who taught you, that you are doing it. She did get to see the crochet stuff I was making and she complimented me, it meant a lot to me to get her seal of approval. The same happens when I show my Mum anything I’ve sewn, plus they can give you advice from their years of experience too.

I taught myself, well I kind of don’t like that term “I’m self taught” or “I taught myself” I learned from YouTube how to crochet. Self taught doesn’t seem right when I had teachers, they had video’s that I used. I never picked up a yarn and hook and knew just what to do with it, but then I never had anyone around me who crocheted and I saw it on the internet one day, I needed a hobby that I could do around raising my 3 boys who were 9, 7 & 5 at the time. I didn’t have enough time to paint or draw and getting my sewing machine was too much fuss

 

back then. I had enough to do, but a simple hook and a ball of yarn was easy to access and it got my creative juices flowing and I could pick it up and put down without any fuss. It was the perfect outlet at the time and I also quit smoking then too.

My aim for this website is to share information, sell some of my items and design patterns, some I’d love to give away for free. I’m also learning to write down my patterns as I’ve not really made much from patterns in all the nearly ten years I’ve been crocheting. I just crochet from my head {heart also if we want to get deeper} and make tonnes, and I mean TONNES, of mistakes but all those mistakes I learned from, well 99% 95% 90%! I am learning all the terminology for crochet.  I may also make YouTube tutorials on my patterns for people, like myself,  who are visual learners. I’m looking forward to putting out patterns and if they are liked then seeing others put their own spin on it.

Cheerio for now, take care.

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Faux Fur Poncho Pattern

This faux fur yarn takes a bit of patience as you cannot see the stitches and you will need to be feeling for them. But please don’t let this put you off, I really think you should give it a go for the lovely garment you’ll end up with, also because it’s a super chunky yarn and a 10mm hook it does work up quite quickly.  I had to keep a tally of the rows but I also worked out how to count (feel for) the rows if I did get carried away with my crocheting and forgot to mark my rows off! I also, through lots of trail and error and lots of frogging, found that counting my sticthes as I go on every other row kept the stitch count correct. Believe me I got complacent and didn’t count stitches because I just wanted to get it made and 15 rows in I thought I’d recount the stitches and I was on 27 stitches (!!!! aaaahhh, noooooo)  an extra 2 stitches, cue me ripping it back until the stitch count was 25 again, that ended up being back to the beginning! Lesson well and truly learned, so keep count.

I have filmed the tutorial for the single crochet foundation row (SCFR) bit for anyone starting this way, alternatively you can just chain and SC the first row, which I did on the first panel but found it harder on the second panel so I tried the SC foundation row and that was easier. This poncho is a simple construct of two rectangle panels that are sewn together, my YouTube video shows how to sew the rectangles together and I’ve also put a diagram below on where to sew.

This looks and feels very luxurious and is a fab item to  add to your autumn/winter wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down, great with a light leather jacket underneath to see you through autumn with some jeans or dressed up and over you outfit on those nights out. I made this for my Mum and I hope she gets plenty of wear out of it. I made her a cowl from this yarn last year and she wears it often.

What you need:

  • 6 x 100g balls of James C Brett Chinchilla yarn
  • 10mm crochet hook
  • large eyed needle
  • scissors

ABBREVIATIONS

I use US terms, but will put UK terms in ( )

CH = chain

SC (DC) =Single Crochet (double crochet)

SCFR = Single crochet foundation row

DC (TC) = double crochet (treble crochet)

ST = stitch

ST SP = Stitch space

*the starting CH on every row doesn’t count as a ST. You must crochet into the 1st ST.

Foundation row:

Two ways you could begin: either;

  • CH26, SC in the 2nd CH from hook, SC in following 24 CH’s. CH2 turn. (total 25st’s)

 

OR

  •  SCFR (single crochet foundation row) 25. Turn.

Now you have your foundation row it’s just DC all the way to the 2nd before last row.

Row 1:  CH2, DC in the 1st ST, and in every ST SP to the end (total 25 ST’s). Turn.

Row 2 – 32:  repeat row 2.

Row 33: CH1, SC in all 25 ST’s.  To finish, Cut yarn and secure with a knot/tighten.

Repeat the above process so you then have two rectangles. My video shows you have to join or the chart below can too.

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