"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

Season 18

18There were a number of scarves made during the filming of the 1980 season of Doctor Who.

The pattern distributed by the BBC was the first one, originally designed by June Hudson and knitted by Roger Oldhamsted’s stepmother, Liz Oldhamsted.

However, the others were slightly different.  All were hand knitted from chenille yarn.

One of these (the one I’m referring to as Version B) was on display at the Doctor Who Museum in Blackpool.

David Boyle was kind enough to allow me to examine it.

This scarf was apparently previously on display at Madame Tussauds’ as it appears on the Tom Baker dummy in the publicity photos for ‘The Five Doctors’.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of any additional Season Eighteen Scarves, please contact me!

I’m in the middle of knitting one and will be publishing my pattern and yarn suggestions very shortly!

Stay Tuned!

Official BBC pattern in Lion Brand Suede (orange selvage)

Version B in Lion Brand Suede (purple selvage)

 

 

 

How to do the two row, one ridge, multiple color changes without breaking the yarn and losing your mind

You’ll of course, notice that several sections of the Season 18 have one ridge of purple, one ridge of red, one ridge of purple, one ridge of red and you’re thinking ‘aren’t there enough places I have to weave in ends that this horror has to be visited upon me?!?’

Fear no more, you can do these quick color changes without breaking the yarn more than you absolutely have to.

YouTube Video showing color changing technique

How to do the selvage stitches on the Season Eighteen

The Season Eighteen has a very deceptive selvage stitch.

On the official BBC instructions it asks you to slip the first stitch of every row.

This is NOT correct.

The Season Eighteen has a a crochet slip stitch border.  That is, the scarf is knitted in garter stitch (knit all rows) and then a simple slip crochet stitch border is added to beef up the edge.

Here’s how you do it:

YouTube Selvage Stitch Part One

YouTube Selvage Stitch Part Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

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