Last week I had NO idea how to crochet. Thanks to the wonders of internet tutorials, plus a trip to a craft store and a couple of hours of time… here’s a DIY Tom Baker / Doctor Who inspired cowl! Make it a little longer and add a twist to make an infinity scarf.
This is more of an idea-inspiration post instead of a how-to, since I am the farthest thing from a crochet expert, and have no place writing a tutorial on it. But I’ll tell you what I did.
Do an image search for “Doctor Who Scarf”. Above is an example of what will come up. Tom Baker had a bit of variation in his numerous scarves, and it’s way too hard to pick just one scarf to emulate for a shortened version. I re-watched a few of my favorite episodes, looked at some photos online, and just picked my favorite stand-out colors from his iconic scarf collection. Green, blue, tan, purple, yellow, brown, burgundy, and orange. This is definitely more of an homage than a replica! Head to your local craft store and grab some yarn + a crochet hook or two. For my test scarf, I just bought the cheapest yarn possible. My second Tom Baker cowl (almost done!) I made with much nicer, softer yarn, since it is a gift.
This project is of course assuming you love the Tom Baker scarf and want a more manageable version for yourself. I started this as a gift idea for a good friend, but ended up keeping this prototype version for myself while I make hers with better yarn. If this is a gift for a non-Tom Baker loving Whovian [gasp!], then I would just make it Tardis blue with a few white stripes.
If you’re like me and have NEVER crocheted anything in your life, start watching a bunch of tutorial videos. I literally just searched “How to crochet”, “Beginner crochet”, “easy crochet tutorial”, etc etc. I watched maybe a dozen videos, then dove right in. I can’t really say I had a favorite video, since almost all of them had something worthwhile to see.
I went with single crochet, since I like the look of it for this style of scarf. I used a 5.5 hook, I think (I bought a set of crochet hooks with several sizes). Each row is 25 little stitch guys across, which isn’t that wide since this yarn isn’t bulky.
Since this Doctor Who cowl wouldn’t really feel like a Doctor Who scarf if it didn’t have fringe, I closed up the circle by attaching one end to the other with super basic fringe. If you want to make this more of a Doctor Who infinity scarf vs a cowl, just keep going with the length, and add a twist into it before you close it up.
And that’s it! Here’s me wearing it. Yes, I am awkward and hate having my picture taken.That’s officially my what-I-look-like debut on this blog. And since that is the first intro to me, I’ll throw Cam in here too.
We were shooting in Malibu last week (Merry Christmas from LA!), which is why we were a little late in our posting schedule. At least I got to wear my cool new Doctor Who cowl scarf while working!
What do you think? It took about three hours in total, but I had to consult tutorials a few times, so if you already know how to crochet, it will be less.
My second attempt at this is looking a little better, because I’m using different yarn and a slightly larger hook. If it comes out awesome, I’ll update this post with pics. 🙂
In other news, we just joined Instagram. So far we’ve been posting some of our work-in-progress photos (like our Mario Star tree topper, LEGO minifigure ornaments, Portal Companion cube ornaments, and my DIY Star Trek TNG Picard stocking).