"Pity about the scarf-- Madame Nostradamus made it for me-- a witty little knitter. Never get another one like it--"
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The Shada Scarf; the real deal


This website is dedicated to the knitting of the Doctor Who Scarf. No infringement of the BBC copyright is intended. These scarves are for the enjoyment of the fans.

Hi, my name is Tara Carstensen.

I knitted my first Doctor Who Scarf at the age of fifteen, when I first started watching Doctor Who.  I figure, I’ve knitted at least fifty of them over the years, maybe more.

I started off with my own patterns based on hours spent watching episodes in extreme slow motion and looking closely at very bad photographs.  My first attempts were crude and totally incorrect. But to me, they were Doctor Who Scarves. I persevered, and gradually, my patterns improved.

My first official BBC Pattern was sent to me by John Nathan Turner. I still have his accompanying letter.

For quite a while, I was quite happy knitting scarves according to the official BBC patterns.

Then I had the chance to examine Richard Baron Cohen’s original Shada Scarf, which he purchased at auction in 2005.

And David Boyle was kind enough to let me examine the Season Eighteen at the Doctor Who Museum in Blackpool.

Tara Wearing the Season 18

The Blackpool Museum’s Season 18

From those visits I have formulated a new set of patterns which I think are the most accurate available.

What most scarf patterns fail to take into account is the relative weight of available yarns versus the yarn the original scarf was knitted in.

To this end, I have made up patterns for sport weight, DK and worsted weight yarns that closely approximate the original.

I hope to visit other original scarves and do patterns for them as well.

On each of my Scarf Pages you will find download-able patterns for various yarns in various weights of yarn.

Please contact me if you find a new yarn you think might work well for a Doctor Who Scarf. I’m always looking for new yarns.

And I’m always looking for Original Scarves in private collections. Please let me know if you know of one.

If you have an interest in knitting a Doctor Who Scarf, I would also advise you to consider joining Ravelry.com and joining as many forums as you can follow.

My two favorites are ‘Who Knits?’ and the ‘Dr. Who Scarf Support Forum’.

These forums are filled with people who will support your mad endeavor and provide a willing shoulder to cry on when stuck in the middle of that green section that just will not end.  They will cheer you on and be more than happy to help you with any problem you might encounter.

And if you’re looking for the scarves seen on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, this is the place!  My Season Thirteen and Season Fourteen were seen on the Doctor Who Special broadcast on 11/16/10

Important and Interesting Links

The BBC’s Tom Baker Pages

Tom Baker’s Offiicial Web Site

Ravelry.com

doctorwhoscarf.com

Doctor Who Podshock Podcast

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