I must be crazy… absolutely insane… Why else would I decide it would be a good idea to make pillowcases in the style of the Fourth Doctor’s Scarf?!
Well, that’s not really being fair. It’s a good idea because I love knitting, I have more than enough of this yarn in my stash, the pillow forms were only $3 each, and they will be my geeky homage in my living room. But still… what have I got myself into!
I’ve started with the pillows. As I said, they were only $3 each at the dollar store and at that price, how can I say no? I bought two during my last shopping trip – one square, one rectangular. The square one I have earmarked for another geeky pillowcase, that one in the style of the 3rd year Griffindor Scarf. When I saw the rectangle pillow, I knew it would be perfect for Tom Baker’s scarf.
My next step was swatching. Like when I made the fingerless gloves, I’m following the basic colour structure and row counts of the scarf from doctorwhoscarf.com, but otherwise I’m winging this project. The pillow’s measurements are 12×20. If I was smart many months ago when I made the fingerless gloves, I would have written down what the stitch gauge was at the time. Good ol’ hindsight. So I made a ‘cheaters’ swatch – I knit only enough stitches and rows to get the rough estimate. I know, I know, I’m so breaking all the rules! Once I figured out how many stitches and rows to an inch, I cast on.
I chose to do a provisional cast on because I love the look of the kitchener stitch – once it’s finished, I’ll kitchener stitch it all together.
When I made The Scarf, I didn’t knit the full 12-14 foot length. When the pattern called to knit, say 20 rows, I knit half that. I’ve done the same for this pillowcase, it’s still consistent with the pattern, and you can see enough of the colour changes to get the impression of the scarf. As well, while the scarf is knit as garter stitch, I’m knitting this stockinette – only the right side will ever be seen, so it made sense to knit in lovely stockinette.
It’s still a work in progress, and with 40 inches to knit, I’m sure this will keep me busy! I’m excited to see it take shape, and the familiar colour palette and colour repetition simply makes me happy.
There’s no point being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes.” – The Doctor (Fourth)