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Doctor Who Scarf

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…

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About Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver, youtuber + author // been writing this blog about colour and craft since 2004 // see what I am making @lomeetsloom and @sweetgeorgia.

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20 thoughts on “Doctor Who Scarf

  1. Those colour choices are killer! Love them all together. Also, amazing customer service Felicia. You’re a superstar! Janna

    1. SweetGeorgia says:

      Thanks so much Janna! I love these colours together too, but there are so many different ways you could go with the colour selections…

  2. Those colour choices are killer! Love them all together. Also, amazing customer service Felicia. You’re a superstar! Janna

    1. SweetGeorgia says:

      Thanks so much Janna! I love these colours together too, but there are so many different ways you could go with the colour selections…

  3. Any chance that you would consider selling kits with the correct colors and yardages? That would be amazing!

    1. SweetGeorgia says:

      That would be a great idea! Thanks!!

    2. Nadia Lewis says:

      I would buy at least one of these kits!

  4. Kelsey Millar says:

    Any chance that you would consider selling kits with the correct colors and yardages? That would be amazing!

    1. SweetGeorgia says:

      That would be a great idea! Thanks!!

    2. Nadia Lewis says:

      I would buy at least one of these kits!

  5. Mary Jo C. says:

    That looks like nice yarn! My favorite scarf of the ones I’ve done was made using Wittylittleknitter’s color advice in KnitPicks Telemark. I have yet to find a selection of colors I like as much as my Telemark ones! If you came out with a kit that would be awesome :)

  6. Mary Jo C. says:

    That looks like nice yarn! My favorite scarf of the ones I’ve done was made using Wittylittleknitter’s color advice in KnitPicks Telemark. I have yet to find a selection of colors I like as much as my Telemark ones! If you came out with a kit that would be awesome :)

  7. Lolly says:

    Amazing! I feel like I need one of these scarves.. The Yarn Harlot just knit one, and it filled me with envy.

  8. Lolly says:

    Amazing! I feel like I need one of these scarves.. The Yarn Harlot just knit one, and it filled me with envy.

  9. Sam King says:

    Thank you!! My boyfriend is a huge Whovian and I wanted to make him something special!

  10. Sam King says:

    Thank you!! My boyfriend is a huge Whovian and I wanted to make him something special!

  11. Stephanie Christine says:

    would be lovely if you made up a kit of these shades with partial skeins! <3

    1. SweetGeorgia says:

      Thanks!! We did offer this kit for a short period of time… maybe we should bring it back!

  12. Stephanie Christine says:

    would be lovely if you made up a kit of these shades with partial skeins! <3

    1. SweetGeorgia says:

      Thanks!! We did offer this kit for a short period of time… maybe we should bring it back!

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