It is perhaps a little odd to segue from Lifelong Incurable Disease Diagnosis to Dr. Who Scarf, but that is how things go.
Here is the situation: William would like to knit himself a Dr. Who scarf. We have not even WATCHED the fourth doctor (we started at the ninth), but he is acting a little rabid about it anyway. Not only is he currently interested in all Dr. Who stuff, but also a cool high school boy in his Dr. Who Fan Club has such a scarf. HE WANTS THE SCARF.
There are TONS of instructional thingies online, but as my mother (our knitting consultant) noted, the results seem….dissimilar to the original scarf. Like, first we see a picture of Dr. Who wearing a long, thin, woven-not-knit scarf, and then we see the tutorial-writer wearing what looks like a full-body blanket/shawl.
One issue, I think, is that the Doctor seems to wear his scarf doubled or even tripled over on itself: someone trying to duplicate the measurements of the actual scarf might make a 14-inch wide scarf, but then it doesn’t look the same because they’re wearing it flat open instead of almost rolled up.
Also, it seems that the scarf changes several times during the fourth Doctor’s tenure, so both knit and woven are represented.
Here are my questions:
1. Do you know, is one scarf considered more legitimate/representative than the others?
2. How…fervent…might a Doctor Who fan feel about the accuracy of a homemade version? That is, could a person capture the SPIRIT of the scarf by making it narrow in order to approximate the OVERALL LOOK of a scarf that is much wider but is of a different fabric and has been sort of rolled up? Must the scarf be the same number of feet long as the Doctor’s own scarf, or may it be made to work on the height of the person wearing it (while still being, of course, massively over-long)?
We could likely answer these questions ourselves by watching several seasons of the fourth Doctor, but we are a bit pressed for time as the urgent need for a scarf has overtaken someone to the point that he talks of almost nothing else. I could also research it online, but I’m worried about getting misinformation and not realizing it because I haven’t watched the fourth Doctor myself and so wouldn’t know the difference between actual information and someone’s mom who thinks she knows what she’s talking about but doesn’t. I’m hoping this is one of those Access the Hive Mind situations the internet is so good for.
[Edited to add: My mom found this one, and it's our favorite so far: wittylittleknitter.com]