"Pity about the scarf-- Madame Nostradamus made it for me-- a witty little knitter. Never get another one like it--"
The Doctor, Ark in Space

Color Matching

I have listed my choices for yarns alongside each of my patterns.

I realize not everyone will agree with me on my color/fiber choices, or might not be able to find my suggested yarns, so I am listing my color matches so that you can choose your own yarns.

The Brown Scarves (Seasons Twelve through Fourteen)

The original BBC patterns list the following colors:







Greenish brown

When I visited the Scarf on Long Island, I took a OTT Light (a full spectrum light that replicates natural daylight indoors)  and a Pantone color book with me and tried to match the colors as closely as I could.

Now, the Shada Scarf is faded, shrunk and partially felted.  It has obviously had a long hard life.  The colors I chose were what I thought the original colors would look like.  I based these color choices on twenty years of knitting and personal observation of what yarn colors do over time.

The most controversial color is the green.  I observed a greenish brown color that was more brown than green.  This matches many old British military sweaters I have seen in collections.  They start out a muddy, olive green and gradually turn more brown as they age due to sun damage and repeated washing.

So, I claim that there is a muddy, drab olive green in the scarf.

I should also mention that the bronze is the only color in the scarf that is heathered yarn.  Heathered yarn is slightly variegated, giving a richer, more natural appearance.

The other colors are flat, with no variation.

My closest color matches were:

Pantone 4665  for Camel

Pantone 7512 for Bronze

Pantone 1797 for Rust

Pantone 142 for Mustard

Pantone 4485 for Green

Pantone 425 for Grey

Pantone 511 for Purple

Now, a Pantone color book will set you back at least $100

Here’s a cheap and easy substitute.  Go to your local Home Depot and pick up the following color chips from the paint department:

Behr S-G-170 Licorice Stick for rust

Behr S-G-690 Delicious Berry for purple

Behr 260F-4 Sunset Beige for camel

Behr 300B-6 Glorious Gold for mustard

Behr 770F-5 Dark Ash for grey

Behr 320F-7 Fig for green


Glidden GLO31 Spiced Gingerbread for bronze

Take these color chips to your local yarn shop and match away!

If you can’t get access to a Home Depot, I’ll try my best to describe these colors to you:

purple– I’d call this a plum towards burgundy.  Heavy on the red.  Must be the darkest color on the scarf.

camel– more of a taupe, a tan with a lot of pink, much darker than I would have guessed

bronze– a red brown, rich, medium shade.  Heathered if you can find it.

mustard– light mustard gold.  Think ‘Frenches’ rather than ‘Grey Poupon’

rust– a medium red with a lot of orange, brick red

grey– a flat medium color with more brown than blue

greenish brown– olive drab, muddy, the brownest green you can find

Season Eighteen (The Red and Purple)

The official BBC Pattern lists the following colors:

Terra Cotta

Deep Purple


The Season Eighteen in the Doctor Who Museum in Blackpool was in pretty good shape.  It had some wear and tear and some minor sun damage.

Again, I took my OTT Light and my Pantone book with me and tried to match the colors as closely as I could.

My closest color matches were:

Pantone 262C for Deep Purple

Pantone 209 for Claret

Pantone 174 for Terra Cotta

Your local Home Depot should have the following color chips in the paint department:

Behr 680D-7 Bunchberry for Deep Purple

Behr S-H-110 Wine Tasting for Claret

Behr 190D-7 Briquette for Terra Cotta


Deep purple– a deep plum color.  Must be the darkest of the three colors

Claret– a medium burgundy color

Terra Cotta– a reddish orange with a little pink.  Very close in value to the Claret.

I hope these help!

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