When searching for Doctor Who knitting patterns, there is one pattern that appears more often than all others. I bet you can guess which one it is. Especially because I can guarantee that (almost) every knitter has heard this question: Can you make me a Doctor Who Scarf? And every knitter who has heard that question has… probably said no. Or if they said yes, they regretted it soon after.

But any list of Doctor Who knitting patterns would be incomplete without the famous scarf, so here it is: The Doctor Who Scarf.

Now that that’s out of the way, we can get to the rest of the patterns!

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Charts

1. Doctor Who Fair Isle by Amy Schilling

Doctor Who Fair Isle Chart

This fair isle chart, featuring the most iconic villains and the Tardis, would make a phenomenal Ugly Christmas Sweater. It would be something any nerd would be proud to wear.

Skills needed:

  • Chart reading
  • Colorwork

2. Missing Police Box by Irina

Missing Police Box

At face value, this Tardis pattern disappears. But when viewed at an angle, it appears. This pattern would make a great scarf!

Skills needed:

  • Chart reading
  • Colorwork

Gloves and Mittens

3. Whovian Mittens by Paula Trumble

Whovian Mittens

These mittens will go fetchingly with your Fourth Doctor scarf. It matches the colors, while bringing in a cute colorwork pattern up the body of the mitten.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Decreases and increases
  • Bottom-up mittens
  • In-the-round knitting

4. Tardis Wristwarmers by Sarah Kuper

Tardis Wristwarmers

You can’t go traipsing around the universe without a towel (nope, wrong fandom) fingerless gloves! These wristwarmers will keep you cozy, while freeing up your fingers for fiddly little tasks or your smartphone.

Skills needed:

5. INSULATE! Mittens by Amy van de Laar

INSULATE! Mittens

The colorwork on these mittens are really clever: The manipulator arm of the Dalek is on the thumb. You can threaten people by waggling your thumbs at them. (Watch out for stairs, though.)

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • In-the-round knitting
  • Cuff-up mittens

6. Dalek Mittens by Kat Lewinski

Dalek Mittens

If the above mittens are too subtle for you, these Dalek Mittens have a lovely pop of color. And the plunger arm is still on the thumb so you can assert your superiority over other humans.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • In-the-round knitting
  • Decreases and increases

Hats

7. Doctor Who Tardis Beanie by Juanita McLellan

Doctor Who Tardis Beanie

Though the image shows the beanie worn by someone’s Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All, this pattern is meant for adult heads. The knitting pattern helpfully provides both written instructions and a chart.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • In-the-round knitting
  • Seaming

8. INSULATE! Hat by Amy van de Laar

INSULATE! Hat

This hat serves as a companion to the INSULATE! Mittens, and it’s a lovely example of subtle fandom. The uninitiated will think it’s just clever colorwork on your pretty little hat. But little do they know…

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • In-the-round knitting

9. Tardis Beanie by Morgan Kenia Andrews

Tardis Beanie

This hat is deceptively simple, but really classy looking. Any Who fan would appreciate this cute little beanie.

Skills required:

  • Chart reading
  • Bottom-up beanie
  • Colorwork
  • In-the-round knitting

10. K9 Beanie by Juanita McLellan

K9 Beanie

Does your lease not allow you to have a dog? Are you allergic? Then K9 is the dog for you, and this knitting pattern is even better. Capture all of his cuteness and bring him with you at all times!

Skills needed:

  • Bottom up beanie
  • Seamed

11. Police Box Hat by Tracy J

Police Box Hat

This unique hat mimics the shape of the top of the Tardis. It’s like you’re wearing the actual Tardis on your head, which is also definitely bigger on the inside.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • In-the-round knitting
  • Duplicate stitch

12. Wilf’s Hat by Patricia Schönhold

Wilf's Hat

This gorgeous beanie, when worn with an airplane pin, is more than a worthy homage to the loveable grandfather. It’s another awesome example of closet cosplay.

Skills needed:

  • In-the-round knitting
  • Cables

13. Dalek Hat by Marion Beet

Dalek Hat

By wearing this adorable Dalek Hat, you may be able to infiltrate their society and find their weakness. Or join them. Both work.

Skills needed:

  • In-the-round knitting
  • Colorwork

14. Tam of Rassilon by Ellen Hyde

Tam of Rassilon

This tam features the Seal of Rassilon, a seal of great power, and adorns your greatest asset. (Not your hair, though I appreciate the experimentation with back-combing.) The celtic knots on the sides of the tam make a great accent.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Bottom-up hat
  • In-the-round knitting

15. Rose’s Slouchy Hat by thesnapemobile

Rose's Hat

This cute newsie-style hat is a direct throwback to one of Rose’s costumes. It’s charming, sweet, and subtle. (And if anyone follows Knitting for Nerds on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll know how much I love slouchy hats.)

Skills needed:

  • In-the-round knitting

16. Seventh Doctor Hat by holynarfcrafts

Seventh Doctor Hat

This hat is for fans of Classic Who: It’s an adorable hat based on the Seventh Doctor’s sweater. The pom-pom is especially cute and brings in all of the colors of the hat together.

Skills needed:

  • In-the-round knitting
  • Chart reading
  • Colorwork

17. Exterminate Hat by Lorraine Condotta

Exterminate Hat

Sometimes it’s not enough to just wear the likeness of the Dalek’s on your person. You need to add their demands to the brim of your hat and announce it loudly! Without speaking. The other projects show how this hat can be modified for smaller heads or less slouchy hats.

Skills needed:

  • Bottom-up hat
  • Chart reading
  • In-the-round knitting
  • Duplicate stitch

Pets

18. Dalek Dog Sweater by Peach Kraft

Dalek Dog Sweater

Daleks have evolved legs with this cute little costume. They aren’t quite jetpacks, but still helpful for navigating anything without a ramp. I think I might give into the Daleks based on this photo alone. How can you resist this sweet little face?

Skills needed:

  • In-the-round knitting
  • Colorwork

19. International Cat Hat by Stacy Mar

international cat hat

Fezzes are cool, right? (Okay, so it’s not really a Doctor Who pattern, but we all know better.)

Skills needed:

  • In-the-round knitting
  • Felting

Scarves and Shawls

20. Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherley

Bigger on the Inside Shawl

This shawl has such lovely and delicate lacework and cabling to make up the Tardis. It’s a gorgeous shawl that also looks deceptively simple.

Skills needed:

  • Lacework

21. Tardis Scarf by Daun Daemon

Tardis Scarf

Like the Tardis itself, this scarf is bold and in your face, with clever stitch patterns to make up the panels of the door. Perfect for a night on the town.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork

22. Tardis Logo Scarf by Kristen Danley

Tardis Logo Scarf

As described by the pattern creator themselves, “I created this pattern as an understated, classy option for Whovians who might not feel comfortable going full-on Tom Baker but who still want to be warm in the winter.” It definitely achieves that goal. It’s simple and a good introduction to colorwork for newbies.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • In-the-round knitting

23. Tardis Shawl by Margaret Mackenzie

Tardis Shawl

This shawl has hidden the Tardis among the beautiful lacework, keeping it hidden in plain sight. It’s another good piece to keep your fandom subtle.

Skills needed:

  • Lacework
  • Cables

24. Donna Noble Scarf by Sherri Pickett

Donna Noble Scarf

This sweet scarf is a great project for beginning knitters or for any knitter looking for a good and mindless knit for binge watching Doctor Who, or any favorite TV show.

Skills required:

  • Fringe

25. Police Box Scarf by Penwiper

Police Box Scarf

While this scarf makes a dashing addition to a Tardis costume, but any fan would be thrilled to have this handsome scarf. It’s also another great introduction to colorwork for newbie knitters.

Skills needed:

  • In-the-round knitting
  • Fringe
  • Colorwork

Socks

26. Ten by Angela Tennant

Ten

David Tennant’s Doctor was well known for his brown pinstripe suits and these socks are a phenomenal callback. The stripes are striking and add unique details to these gorgeous socks. (I like the short rows especially.)

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Top-down socks
  • In-the-round knitting

27. Weeping Angel Socks by Maire Martin

Weeping Angel Socks

Blink and you might miss the reference in these subtle socks. The lace pattern resembles the wings of those terrifying angels.

Skills needed:

  • In-the-round knitting
  • Lacework
  • Top-down socks

28. Tardis Socks by Tara Wheeler

Tardis Socks

The Tardis pattern on these socks are adorable and delicate, effectively turning your leg into a proper, four-sided police box. This pattern is for more experienced knitters, because it has very little instruction for the socks.

Skills required:

  • In-the-round knitting
  • Colorwork
  • Chart reading

Sweaters

29. Fifth Doctor Sweater by Cullen Skinner

Fifth Doctor Sweater

I would love to wear this handsome sweater to work. Enough said. 🙂

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • In-the-round knitting
  • Seaming
  • Cables

30. Mummy’s Little Dalek Jumper by ABitterKnitter

Mummy's Little Dalek Jumper

Who’s a cute little murderous alien fiend? Yes, you are!

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • In-the-round knitting

31. Anjuli’s Whovian Fair Isle Jumper by Anjuli Clayden

Anjuli's Whovian Fair Isle Jumper

The best part of this sweater is that the fair isle yoke tells a story: The doctor is running towards the Tardis, away from the Daleks. It’s just like having an episode playing out on your shoulders.

Skills needed:

  • Bottom-up sweater
  • Colorwork
  • In-the-round knitting

Toys

32. Star Whale by Juanita McLellan

Star Whale

One of the best things about Doctor Who is the fantastical creatures the creators have come up with. This Star Whale is an especially cuddly version.

Skills needed:

  • Seaming

33. Eleventh Doctor Big and Cuddly by Nyss Parkes

Eleventh Doctor Big and Cuddly

This doll is as sweet-looking and gangly as Matt Smith himself. It’s a perfect likeness. (And this pattern is unique because it also comes in a crochet flavor!)

Skills needed:

  • In-the-round knitting
  • Seaming

34. Sonic Screwdriver by R. J. Daae

Sonic Screwdriver

Getting an exact replica of the Sonic Screwdriver is expensive. But this version will only cost you yarn, time, and love. The love makes it more valuable. And maybe even more likely to work.

Skills needed:

  • In-the-round knitting
  • Colorwork

35. TARDIS Stuffed Plush by Penwiper

TARDIS Stuffed Plush

This pattern can make a TARDIS of literally any size by changing the yarn, needles, and/or gauge. You could potentially make a huge stuffed TARDIS for the corner of your living room (or a beanbag?!) or a tiny one for your desk. This pattern is also another good introduction to colorwork and seaming. It’s a simple box.

Skills needed:

  • Seaming
  • Colorwork
  • Duplicate stitch

36. The Chubby TARDIS by Laura Fisk

The Chubby TARDIS

Need a police box for your Christmas tree? Good! This quick-knit simple and adorable TARDIS will look amazing nestled among lights and pine needles.

Skills needed:

  • Seaming
  • Colorwork

37. Tardis Mouse by Kristen Howard

Tardis Mouse

Your cat can be a Whovian too! They can play the part of the doctor, chasing the little Tardis Mouse. Or the Weeping Angels, while they mercilessly attack the Tardis Mouse.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • I-Cord
  • Chart reading
  • Seaming

38. Mini K9 by Helen Callis

Mini K9

Who doesn’t want their own canine companion? This little knitted K9 will always keep you company and require even less maintenance than a robot dog.

Skills needed:

  • Seaming
  • Embroidery

Miscellaneous Knitting Patterns

39. Blink Washcloth by Denise Plourde

Blink Washcloth

Can you imagine the horror hiding behind those lace pattern hands? Try to keep your eyes open while you’re washing your face with this washcloth.

Skills needed:

  • Lacework

40. Eleventh Bow Tie by Chris Wass

Eleventh Bow Tie

This bow tie pattern is an actual, proper tying bow tie. And while not only something for Doctor Who fans (who doesn’t appreciate a good tie), many fans will appreciate wearing the same clothes as their favorite doctor!

Skills needed:

  • Pattern reading? (Really, this project isn’t that difficult, aside from increases and decreases!)

41. Tardis Print Pillow by Rebecca Norton

Tardis Print Pillow

This is another forgiving pattern for beginning knitters. If you’re off on a size of a pillow, it’s not a huge issue, and it’s another good introduction to color work. This pillow classes up any living room and represents your favorite TV show.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Seaming
  • Chart reading

42. TARDIS Afghan by Carrie Fritsche

Tardis Afghan

Ready to level up your colorwork? This would be another good project, though would require a huge amount of time to do (unless you’re a speed knitter and then I’m jealous of you). The pixelated gradient around the TARDIS itself makes it look like it’s glowing and will brighten up any bed or couch.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Chart needed

43. Tardis Bag by 

Tardis Bag

The above image is not the finished project, but it gives you a good look at what your final project is going to look like. By cleverly using knits versus purls, Connielene created the door panels and the whole result is a clean and minimalistic shoulder bag. The pattern also offers alternative uses for the chart itself, including scarf ends and pillows.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Seaming
  • Duplicate stitch

44. Bokaclava by Anne-Marie Dunbar

Bokaclava

I thought it would be appropriate to end on nightmare fuel and a pun. A Bok is a monster from Classic Who, and as Anne-Marie describes, “My partner, mere weeks after we first met, asked me if it would be possible to knit a ‘bokaclava’, complete with sticky out tongue.” This is a terrifying alternative to the standard ski mask (which isn’t exactly the most innocuous of things either) and a good litmus test for any potential friend or partner.

Skills needed:

  • In-the-round knitting
  • Shaping

More Doctor Who Knitting Patterns?

There will definitely be more Doctor Who knitting pattern compilations in the future. All of the above patterns were free, but otherwise followed no other theme, and I came across more than enough patterns for several lists.

What pattern are you looking forward to making the most? What patterns do you think I missed?

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