Knit a TARDIS bag | Doctor Who Week

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I am suggesting a bag to carry everything you could need. Such as your scarf, your sonic screw driver, and a book to read in the unlikely event that you could be bored on your journey.

 

It is a fairly easy project not requiring any shaping at all. You do need to know how to create knit and purl stitches, Cast On, Bind Off as well as duplicate stitch or Swiss darning for the words “Police Box” plus Fair Isle for the windows on the doors. You could use duplicate stitch there as well if you have not yet ventured into Fair Isle or Intarsia knitting – or as I do – embroider cross stitch over the knit stitch. There is nothing ever right or wrong when knitting. If you like it and it works for you then just do it.

Materials:

  • 2 x 100 gram Patons Big Baby 8 Ply Acrylic / Nylon Yarn – 3922 – Junior Navy – Sadly the label doesn’t provide the yards or metre length.

  • 1 x 100 gram Patons Big Baby 8Ply Acrylic / Nylon Yarn – 2540 – White, or use stash yarns.  DK, ( 8ply or light worsted weight) white acrylic yarn as only need about 10 metres of white yarn – for the windows and for the words Police Box.

  • 1 pair knitting needles Size US 6, UK/Canada 8, metric 4mm.

  • Yarn needle

  • Scissors

Gauge:

Gauge is not critical; mine was approximately 22 stitches by 30 rows

Size:

Finished bag is about 14 by 9 inches or 36 by 23 cm.

Abbreviations:

(St st) Stockinette stitch

RS Right Side

WS Wrong Side

P purl

K knit

St(s) Stitch(es)

CO Cast On

 

Duplicate stitch:

In this bag project you can use Duplicate Stitch (sometimes known as Swiss darning) over the blue knitted stitches to write Police Box in the top section of the TARDIS door.

Duplicate stitch is a method of replacing a knit stitch or sewing over the original knitted stitch and is a technique to add a bit of extra color and pizzazz to any knitting project and is useful if you have added colour to a project and it doesn’t work – then darn it or Swiss darn it. It works.

TardisDoubleStitchKnittingPattern

It is important to try to keep the tension of your sewing consistent, and the same as the tension used in the knitting. You do want to cover up the stitches you have knitted, so don’t pull the yarn too tight or leave it so loose that you can easily see the other colour stitch behind it.

Do weave ends into the area where you have stitched the duplicate stitch so the new color doesn’t show through the original knitting.

  1. Thread the needle, pull the yarn up through the back of the bottom point of the V of the knit stitch and pull the yarn through to the front and hold the yarn to the right. Leave a tail at the back to weave in later.

  2. Pass the needle under the bottom 2 legs of the stitch above the one you are duplicating from right to left – pull the yarn gently through.

  3. Insert the needle back through the first hole where you came through from behind.

  4. The new stitch will  cover the original stitch

  5. Don’t pull the yarn too tight or the work will pucker

side seam on Tardis bag-10

Stranded or Fair Isle Knitting:

On this Tardis you will knit with the blue and white yarn on the window section – stranding your yarn over two stitches in each colour. A wee bit unusual for two coloured knitting the wrong side rows will include knit and purl stitches.

windows wrong side-3

To knit in the stranded knitting or Fair Isle style, follow the chart, from right to left on the right side, and left to right on the wrong side, changing colors as required.

Adding in the new color is similar to joining a new ball of yarn. Leave a tail for weaving in and begin knitting. Pick up the new color you’re about to start working with from underneath the yarn you just finished knitting with; this twists the yarns together and prevents holes in the fabric.

Don’t pull tightly when you change colors.  Try to knit a little loosely when you change colors, and make sure that the stitches between when you last used the color you’re about to pick up and where you are now are not bunched up on the needle.

NOTES: Slip the first stitch of every row – called a chain-stitch selvedge for garter stitch. Yarn to the front of the work, slip the first stitch (purlwise), yarn back, knit the row.

Slip 1, knit to end on every right side row.

The wrong side rows will include knit and purl stitches.

The very simple knit pattern:

With blue yarn and US 6, UK/Canada 8, metric 4mm needles, cast on 50 sts.

Follow the chart. When you reach the bottom of the chart turn it upside down and continue to knit the bag from the bottom up. Or print the chart twice, and join them with sticky tape. You can cross out each line as you go, although once you have completed the window sections it will become quite obvious what is to be knitted next.

Tardis Bag 1-1

TardisKnittingPattern_nerdsandnomsense

Tardis Window Section:

You can choose to knit this all in the blue yarn and apply the white yarn using Duplicate Stitch later if you are not ready to work in the Fair Isle or stranded knitting technique’.

Fair Isle wrong side showing stranding-2 009-8 008-7 007-6 006-5

Tardis Shoulder Strap:

Cast on 5 stitches and slip 1 knit 4 on every row for about 80 inches or the length desired. Sew together the first and last 16 inches of the strap to the bag, making certain that you do not twist it when sewing the second side.

Sewing together gusset-strap and Tardis Bag-9

This Tardis chart can be used for many things other than a bag to carry all.

Alternative Use for this chart:

  • Knit a long Dr Who (Tom Baker) scarf between the Tardis ends.

  • Knit 4 pieces as per the chart. Knit a bottom and top piece by casting on 50 stitches and knitting in garter stitch a piece that matches the width of the Tardis, add filling and lean back on your own Tardis pillow.

  • Knit the chart in thinner or thicker yarns to vary the result.

  • Knit the chart two times – creating two pieces and join these along one long side – attach a ribbon tie to centre front right and you have created a journal cover.

And so on.

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Note from the editor:

ConnieLene is an amazing knitter from New Zealand and has been our WONDERFUL guest blogger for this month’s Doctor Who Week! She also wrote up a pretty nifty knitting DIY for a Jayne Cobb hat for us back in September.  Take a minute and connect with her on her Facebook page or Twitter and let her know how awesome these project are! If you would like to learn more about her or her amazing knitting skills, check out our guest author page and follow the links.

She is also a big doctor who fan! Check out her answers

If you are interested in being a guest blogger for one of our theme weeks, please email us at editor@nerdsandnosmense.com for all the details. Thanks! 

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