Friday, May 6, 2011

Doctor Who scarf complete

I have finished my Doctor Who scarf and it came out shorter than the knitted version would have so my 1 knit to 1 crochet did not work out as well as I'd hoped.

This one came out about 83" without fringe. The original knitted version is about 9' (108"). However, instructions say to make fringe with a 12" strand of all seven colors. I didn't add fringe to my scarf as I wanted to conserve the yarn for a possible second one - many skeins were only partially used.

To estimate how much longer the fringe would make the scarf, I took a couple of 12" strands and made one fringe on a swatch I had lying around. The fringe ended up being about 5 1/2". With 7 strands in each (one of each of the 7 colors), it might be a tad shorter. So let's say 5".

Fringe on both ends then might add 10" to the scarf. So it would then be about 93". Total length of 108" in the knitted scarf minus 93" would still leave me 15" short which is not as much as originally feared, but still not as close as I'd like.

Since there are 314 rows in Tara's version, adding length on each row by using a hdc might make it too long. Even if each row was only 1mm longer that would be 628mm which is almost 25", so too long.

Another possibility is to use a larger hook and a smaller foundation chain. That would really move away from the knitted look of the smaller stitches. Of course, if I knew how many inches there were of each color I could adjust number of rows as well, but I only have the finished size and the number of knitted rows.

For my purposes, which is just because I wanted to make it, this should be good enough. I thank Witty Little Knitter for all her hard work. Having the specific yarn colors was wonderful, and even though mine was short, having the knitted row numbers was a big help. It gave me a way to go and I'm pleased with the outcome.

Now I'm trying to finish that Jacob's Ladder lapghan I started a while back. Trouble is finding enough yarn in my stash to make 7 rows. Might have to use a creative bit of coloring as I go on. :-)

Happy crocheting!


  1. Interesting. I've heard before that crocheting uses a lot more yarn that knitting and this would seem to support that claim.

  2. Even at this length it is awesome. I bet your happy it is done. I feel like mine will never get there. You did it so fast and it looks awesome.

  3. Thanks, Ghost. I did find it went fast and I was surprised because single crochet usually goes slowly for me.

    CrochetBlogger, I have heard that too. The knitting pattern only told how much yarn to purchase in skeins, so I don't really know how much was actually used. I had leftover of all the colors though not much of the charcoal and brick.

  4. Since you know the finished length and the number of rows in the knitted scarf, you could calculate the row gauge. Then you should be able to convert the number of rows in each stripe into a length (width?) of the stripe.

  5. Susan, you are right. That sounds suspiciously like math though. LOL I'd have to sit down and think on that a bit. You've put it so succintly. I hadn't thought of it that way. Thanks!