Saturday, 5 April 2014

Doctor Who Knitted Tie

I think this might actually be my most favourite thing I have ever made! It is ridiculous how excited I am to have finished this.
I am an unashamed Doctor Who fan. Luckily the kids are big fans too so I have comrades in my love for all things Who.
The 4th Doctor Who's Scarf Tie Pattern
I mentioned once before on my little Day of the Doctor post that maybe one day I will make the 4th Doctor's scarf. That day is not today, that is a whole heap of knitting. For now I've adapted it to make a couple of smaller, more manageable projects. This is the first, a knitted tie (how very retro!): 
The 4th Doctor Who's Scarf Tie Pattern
 Our oldest son is in 6th form at school at the moment and has to wear a shirt & tie but not school uniform and on Fridays they have Funky Tie Friday. Perfect opportunity to wear a mini version of the Doctors scarf. 
The 4th Doctor Who's Scarf Tie Pattern
I had a few false starts with this project, it was too wide, then to floppity, I had to frog it and start again more than once. This version gives a good balance between what you need a tie to do (ie not to wide at the knot, good length, you can get in on and off again without having to tie it each time!) whilst still looking basically like the Doctor's scarf. 
I know some people crochet Doctor Who scarves too, which is probably way quicker, but for me it has to be authentic garter stitch.

Basically you need 7 colours of DK wool: purple, camel, bronze, mustard, rust, grey and greenish brown. This is according to the original BBC pattern which I've pinned and you can find here.
This is what I chose, after studying old pictures.
Wool for the 4th Doctor Who's Scarf Tie Pattern
Most I had already in my wool stash, so I can't tell you quantities for each. To be honest I followed the original pattern in terms of the stripe widths etc but if you ran out of something part way through and substituted I'm pretty sure you'd never be able to tell.

Here's the pattern: Printable PDF Version here
Using 3mm needles, cast on 12 stitches in purple.
Using knit throughout work the stripes like this:
work 3 purple rows
26 camel
8 bronze
6 mustard
10 rust
4 purple
10 green
4 mustard
8 camel
6 rust
4 bronze
6 purple
20 green
4 mustard
8 grey
4 rust
26 camel
6 purple
6 green
4 mustard
8 rust
4 purple
18 bronze
6 camel
4 grey
20 rust
6 mustard
10 green
4 purple
20 camel
6 bronze
10 grey
4 rust
6 purple
2 camel
6 mustard
26 green
8 rust
6 grey
4 mustard
10 bronze
6 purple
6 camel
16 grey
6 rust
8 mustard
4 purple
26 camel
8 bronze
6 mustard
10 rust
4 purple
10 green
4 mustard
8 camel
6 rust
4 bronze
6 purple
20 green
4 mustard
8 grey
4 rust
26 camel
6 purple
6 green
cast off in green
Now you just have to sew in ALL those pesky ends, sigh, this is the downside to this project!
The 4th Doctor Who's Scarf Tie Pattern
The finished tie measures 5cm x 150cm (2" x 59")
The 4th Doctor Who's Scarf Tie Pattern
The 4th Doctor Who's Scarf Tie Pattern
The 4th Doctor Who's Scarf Tie Pattern
The sides wave in an out a little as not all DK wool is the same, I guess you could avoid that by buying all the same make of wool, but I don't care, I think it is the most awesome tie ever! 
Now I'm off to enjoy the restorative powers of a cup of tea!


You might also be interested in:
Harry Potter Scarf Pattern
Harry Potter Scarf Pattern
Day of the Doctor Tribute
Day of the Doctor Tribute
Mini Minion, Tiny Ted and Beautiful Bows
Mini Minion, Tiny Ted and Beautiful Bows
Doctor Who Scarf Bracelets
Doctor Who Scarf Bracelets
I'll be linking up at these great link parties
Sum of their Stories
Sum of their Stories

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

51 comments:

  1. too cool! love it and pinning it!

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    1. I know I really shouldn't say it about my own projects but it really is cool isn't it?!

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  2. Super cute!!! I love this project! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a great weekend :)
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  3. I love the tie I'm a big dr. who fan thanks for sharing visiting from countdown sunday hop have a great day

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    1. Always nice to meet another fan! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I love the tie I'm a big dr. who fan thanks for sharing visiting from countdown sunday hop have a great day

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  5. That is so so cool. In fact I think it is the coolest tie I have seen. I am going to show my son, and see if he might want one. He is not big on ties, but maybe this could win him over.

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    1. My lad only wears a tie for school (otherwise his standard uniform is jeans, funny T-shirt and a hoodie) however you never know when you will be going somewhere where a tie is required... a wedding, tea with the Queen, the Ritz...

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  6. Wow! How fantastic! amazing tie - great idea! So cool!
    Would you like a jelly baby? (Sorry, showing my age there..big fan of the 4th Doctor, and the 3rd, and the 9th and....)
    Ali

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    1. Ah yes, the 4th was my Doctor too (from when I was little) I loved that he came back for the Day of the Doctor, just for that little scene at the end, perfect! However I have very much enjoyed all the recent incarnations too.

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    2. It was an epic episode, and that scene made my day!
      Thanks for your comments Julia - left you a message on the blue box post!!
      Ali

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  7. I LOVE the Doctor's tie! It's so much fun! Love me some Dr Who! :D

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  8. Your scarf/tie is wonderful and what a brilliant tutorial. My son is a big Dr Who fan so I might have a go at making one. Your son looks very pleased with it. Thanks for sharing.
    Ali xx

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  9. Awesome tie! You did a great job, and your son looks wonderful with it on. :) I found you through Craftomaniac's Sunday Soirée and would like to invite you (and your followers) to join my link-a-long each Friday and weekend at www.GoCrochetCrazy.blogspot.com . All things homemade and handmade welcome!

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    1. Thank you Mary, I'll pop by on Friday.

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    2. Thank you for sharing this in the link-a-long on the Go Crochet Crazy blog!

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  10. This is great! Love all the colors. My twin sons watch that show and really like it. I will have to show them this...

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  11. What a fabulous tie, I think it's great idea too.

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    1. Definitely a lot quicker than a scarf anyway!

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  12. I love Doctor Who! I was very excited to see this post. I have yet to try knitting but I do crochet. I think I may have to give this a whirl and give it to my dad (who is also a whovian).

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    1. Hi Georgia, you could try a crochet version, I have seen lovely scarves that other people have made. It's just me being all pedantic that wanted it to be more like the scarf I remember, in knitting.
      On the other hand, it's all knit so a great beginners project (just sew in the ends as you go, if you leave them all to the end you might loose the will to finish it!)

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  13. Oh my goodness! Are you kidding me? You are a girl after my own heart. I love Dr. Who! You are so inventive and creative! Love, love, love this post!

    Love and Luck,

    Laurali Star

    http://www.thesecretsurprisinista.com

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    1. I read somewhere that there are 2 kinds of people, those who love Doctor Who and those who haven't seen it yet! I'm always surprised when I meet people who actually don't like it!

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  14. OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!! THIS IS A NEED IN MY LIFE!

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    1. Someone who is nearly as excited as me! I have a similar bracelet idea coming soon which you might like. I've just got to take some half decent photos of it.

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  15. My room mates are big doctor who fans, and I'm one of those who haven't seen it yet. (Its on my list there;s just so much of it!) I still love this tutorial and will book mark it for the day I learn to knit though!

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    1. You need a whole weekend and a box set, plenty of snacks and tea, probably a box of tissues (oh and the ability to suspend everything you ever learnt about physics) and you will be all set for a Doctor Who fest! I recommend watching them over and over as well as they get better the more times you see them, it can be a lot to take in first time round!

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  16. I loved seeing this on Create It Thursday. I'm so happy to see the pinned link for the scarf as well, my husband has been begging me for one :)

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    1. Good Luck Shauna, I hope you love knitting! (It would be amazing to actually make one though)

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  17. Hi I think this knitted tie is really cool and colorful too! You did a great job knitting this! I saw it at the go crochet party!

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  18. I love this tie!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Fantastic scarf! Your son looks very happy with his new wardrobe addition!

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  20. Great idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!
    Emily @ elizabethjoandesigns.com

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  21. I wish I was so crafty .. looks really cute! ^^

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  22. WTG! A Doctor Who Tom Baker fan! Hi from Sharefest

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  23. {Kathy} Oh my goodness! My son would love this! How cool.

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  24. Omg such a fun project and that hair!
    ~Zhenya
    http://beingzhenya.com

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  25. THAT is an awesome tie. But I have to admit, when I read the title I thought it was "the doctor, who knitted a tie" instead of the "doctor who" knitted tie. haha!

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    1. That would be a great post: "Once upon a time there was a doctor who knitted a tie...."! Calling all knitting doctors out there - have you made any ties recently?
      Thanks for stopping by, you've started my day with a laugh!

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  26. My husband is a Dr. Who fan too!! I think I've seen a few episodes on PBS *waaay* back!
    Your tie is fun and funky and no doubt your son had the best time wearing.

    Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial with us a Project Inspire{d}!

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  27. Congratulations, Julie! Your Dr. Who Tie is one of the featured items at this week's link party on the Go Crochet Crazy blog! Stop by and pick up your "I Was Featured" badge to add to your blog. Hope to see you participate in this week's link-a-long at www.GoCrochetCrazy.blogspot.com !

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    1. Thank you so much Mary, I'll definitely be stopping by again.

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  28. I've recently become a Dr. Who fan - I like it a lot more than I thought I would have. This tie is adorable. Thanks for popping by my site during the SITSSharefest.

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    1. My pleasure Adrian, I love visiting new blogs from the SITS network.

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  29. I have many friends who are Doctor Who fans. I try not to get too addicted to new shows because I tend to watch even when they've jumped the shark! This tie is awesome! Great job! Thanks for sharing iwth Countdown in Style!

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  30. What a great idea! Your tie is fabulous!

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