One colour palette for the Doctor Who Scarf

One colour palette for the Doctor Who Scarf

A couple days ago, a knitter emailed saying that she’s like to knit her son a Doctor Who Scarf and she wanted my help with the colours. I poked around a bit and discovered that there are a zillion patterns or recipes for the “Tom Baker” scarf…

Being a bit fussy, I wanted to know that the colours that I was trying to match to were correct to begin with. All the photos I found had very liberal translations of the original colours. I stumbled upon this AMAZING and SUPER DETAILED Doctor Who Scarf website that gives a history of this infamous scarf and all the variations. There’s even a downloadable PDF showing what colours and how many rows to knit. In terms of colours and yardage, here is how it would translate to our colours in the Superwash Worsted:

Specified Colour SweetGeorgia Colour Yardage Required
tan
green
grey
red
brown
purple
gold
Tumbled Stone
Deep Olive
Charcoal
Cayenne
Bison
Black Plum
Ginger
263
195
184
177
153
137
113

Here is a better view of the colours I suggested:

The “purple” seems a bit loose… I see photos that are like “Grape Crush” purple and others that are burgundy. I chose Black Plum because it melds together with the other colours well, but if you prefer for the purple to “pop”, then I’d go with Boysenberry. Our Tumbled Stone and Bison are more on the “cool side” than the original tan and brown specified.

Thinking about knitting your own Doctor Who Scarf? Maybe have a look at Witty Little Knitter too. She’s knit 50 of these scarves and lists patterns for all different variations. She even has a page about how to wear the scarf!

Tonight, I’m off to knit on my shawl and find some episode of Dr. Who on Netflix…