A long time ago (August 2013, to be more precise) I came across some amigurumi patterns for various incarnations of Dr Who (plus the Tardis). The dolls made from these patterns looked fabulous – don’t just take my word for it, go and see all eleven doctors by clicking here. My partner’s nephew is crazy about all things Dr Who (in 2012 I made him a Dr Who quilt) so I decided that, for xmas 2013, I would make him a Dr Who and a Tardis.
Having checked with my sister-in-sin as to which Doctor Who I ought to make, I purchased the patterns via Ravelry and immediately started scratching my head with puzzlement. The pattern for the doctor doesn’t give you any idea as to how much yarn you’re going to need. It tells you that you need yarn in various colours (as one would imagine for body, shirt, trousers, jacket, hair, etc.)… but not even a hint about how much of each.
So, you need seven different colours of yarn, but no idea how much of each. Ok, some are going to be easy to work out (you’re not going to need much red yarn, for instance, to crochet a fez and a bow tie), but for things like the tweed jacket and the Doctor’s skin I was really quite annoyed at not being given even a rough guide. Not everyone has things like tweed or flesh-tone yarn kicking around, and having to buy a whole ball of something new when you might be able to scrounge a partial ball from somewhere instead is very frustrating.
I did scrounge some yarn in the end, for the tweed jacket and the skin, but the flesh tone was a little too dark and the tweed wasn’t quite right…
See, more grey than brown in that photo, but there was something not quite right about the texture. It was about this point that I got distracted by other things (such as our new puppy…) and poor old Dr Who was left by the wayside. Archie never did get his special handmade gift from me at xmas time…
Anyway, I did eventually go back to this project and went and bought myself some tweed wool (and didn’t use it all, so was able to do this with the leftovers), and a ball of flesh tone too (no idea what I’m going to do with the rest of that). Dr Who came along quickly after that and despite my irritation at the vagueness of the materials list it’s actually a very easy pattern to follow.
I will eventually finish the eleventh Doctor (once my house is no longer a building site!), hopefully in time for Archie’s birthday in July (and when I do I will post another update with photos).
But what about the Tardis? Well that wasn’t such a success, more’s the pity. When I purchased the pattern I really should have paid closer attention to the description which said “You also need felt, plastic canvas, printable fabric, and other odds and ends.”
Hmm, that’s a lot of extra materials. Still, I scrounged some royal blue yarn from a friend and made a start anyway… and then lost the will to live. This is far as I got before I decided to abandon the project altogether.
It really was incredibly dull work, and when I had a look online to see how much the extra materials would cost me (mainly the plastic canvas and printable fabric) I was appalled – after all this was supposed to be a fun gift, just a little extra present for Archie as he’d already had his main presents. The pattern is great, after all it’s been really well designed and the finished object (assuming you do have all the bits and pieces necessary for completion) is pretty amazing looking … but really I just wasn’t feeling the Tardis love. Sorry Archie!
Would I recommend these patterns? Yes, although do be aware that the amount of yarn you’ll need for the Doctor will remain a mystery until you actually need to use it…