Finished another 11th Doctor color variant today!

UPDATE:  Exciting news, first Etsy listing is up at this link!

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ORIGINAL POST:

Not much to report today in the way of news, but I did finally finish a second color variant for the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) from Doctor Who.  Throughout Smith’s run he wore probably 5 different iconic outfits, the first being the pink shirt with the red bow tie in his premiere episode. Exhibit A:

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This alternated with a similar blue bow tie, blue shirt version throughout series 5.  I think the blue first appeared in Victory of the Daleks, but also came back for Vampires of Venice and the Leadworth portion of Amy’s Choice.  Here’s Matt wearing it, and walking like a drunk giraffe:

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Strangely, while the red bow tie became THE symbol for the 11th Doctor amongst fans, the toy companies seem to have latched on to the blue outfit for a lot of their products, like the Character Building micro figures…

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(Just a side note, I’m handling my addiction to these stupid things in much the same way that Kurt Cobain handled the smack… PLEASE DON’T JUDGE ME! 😛 )

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Sorry I didn’t stop to take construction photos as I knit this one (if you want to see that, check out my 11th Doctor in pink/red because it’s exactly the same, just with different yarn).  Here is the completed product:

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And a link to the Ravelry page is here!

As I said before, the blue and red shirts with the tweed are two out of five iconic costumes the 11th Doctor wore during his run.  The third is the series 6 premiere white shirt with red bow tie, which I quite like because it’s a bit more mature of a look than the colored shirts.  I actually did knit this one for a friend’s Christmas present, but I was still in my hair experimental phase so it came out a bit flatter than I would have liked 😐

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The fourth is the “Let’s Kill Hitler” green coat, which I hope to someday make, because it looks great, especially with a Stetson:

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There’s also a micro figure for this one… just sayin’….

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The last costume from Matt’s time on the show is my personal favorite, the purple “post-Ponds” coat that appeared in Bells of Saint John, was featured in Day of the Doctor, and basically stuck around until the bow tie hit the floor.

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And yes, Character Building did this one too!  But in a move that I think is frankly an odd oversight, they seem to have forgotten his bow tie?

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Now that I think about it, I think a major reason I really enjoy collecting these figures and knitting these dolls is because I love costumes/wardrobe design so much… Doctor Who in particular has some great designs and colors, they deserve a BAFTA, in my opinion.  Anyway, I do have immediate-ish plans to knit The Doctor this outfit, meaning that I have all of the yarn bought and it’s sitting on my project table ready to go.  As always, will post when the project actually gets off the ground!  😛

Sherlock Knit Doll

Hey guys!  Today I’m posting about the Sherlock doll that I put together as a Christmas gift for my friend Sabrina.  He goes with the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) that I made her for her birthday… All she needs now is a knit Tom Hiddleston, and her sexy British male triumvirate will be complete!!!  Muaha!!

This was my first non Doctor Who doll, and the first time I needed to do curly hair.  I wasn’t satisfied with any of the curl techniques from knitting, so I actually ended up learning how to crochet just to get the look I wanted.  Here’s the finished product!

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And here is the Ravelry link if you want to know the materials.

So I will just confess right now, I’m not that familiar with the show.  I do like Benemadingdong Cumberbatch though, and from what I’ve seen of the show, I really enjoy his portrayal of everyone’s favorite consulting detective.  When I was doing color selection for the project, I wasn’t really sure what to make under his signature grey coat, until I discovered this awesome figure from big chief studios that basically did the color choosing for me:

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That man can wear the hell out of a purple shirt.  I’ve since learned that fans have developed their own moniker for this mysterious article of clothing that apparently only appears in one or two episodes:  “The Purple Shirt of Sex.”  The name caught on among Cumberbatch fans, and fanned by the flames of the internet, it became a “thing” worthy of a hashtag.

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This time around I actually photographed the act of sewing together the front and back halves of his body, with terrifying results!  He looks like a creepy blank-faced conjoined twin thing.  This is the method of doll making I learned from Lizzard Crafts’s Finn Doll, two knitted flat halves that get mattressed stitched together.

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I put a black suit jacket on him the same way I did the 10th Doctor’s blue suit jacket.  Once the plastic eyes were in and the smile was sewed on, I was able to start exploring hair options.  Using a combination of online tutorials and help from a friend in the office (THANKS MEGG!), I made a couple of test curls and laid them on his head.  I think he actually looked pretty cute and funny with a curl ‘Mohawk.’

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At this point I started making his scarf with a simple garter stitch.  I couldn’t decide on the light blue or dark blue scarf, but eventually went with the dark blue.  That 11th Doctor next to him was actually the second I made, intended for my friend Kim for Christmas.  I love that the green tip of the sonic is almost glowing in this picture, it’s because I strung some shiny floss in with the yarn 🙂

For Sherlock’s signature grey coat, I used a technique I’d never done before: blocking.  For non-knitters, blocking is when you soak your knit piece in water for a bit, then pin it into the shape you want, and let it dry.  This combats the problem of curling, which happens a lot in that stockinette stitch I use for everything.  Here’s a picture of my coat pieces blocking.

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I was really glad I did it, because if I didn’t, it would have curled so badly it wouldn’t have looked like a coat at all.  I finished the scarf and sewed together the coat.  Also added some buttons for interest and to actually make it look like outerwear.  He’s looking like himself, all he needs is a head of curly locks!

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So at this point I made a ton of those little brown corkscrews in varying lengths and degrees of curliness, and began placing them on the head/securing them with T-pins.  (Just a little side commercial, I LOVE T-PINS for knitting!!!)  During this process it felt less like knitting and more like sculpting a statue.  I took his outer coat off while I was doing this so it wouldn’t get in the way.

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One of the things I really aim to do with my dolls is to make the hair so that it’s zero maintenance for whoever gets to keep him.  That means that I not only sewed the hair in at the roots, but I also sewed in the tips, and took a few stitches at varying degrees along the lengths of the curls to keep them in perfect place.  Now he can be thrown around, punched in the head, snuggled with and rolled over on, and his hair will still be the same as the day I made him.  Here it is all sewn down!  He’s all finished!

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Since Steven Moffat is the showrunner for both Doctor Who and Sherlock, I couldn’t resist getting a photo of Sherlock and the Doctor together.  It’s Moffat’s boys!

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At last the time came to deliver all three of the dolls on my project table to their respective owners.  I couldn’t bear to just toss them in the back seat, so I buckled them up together in the front.  If any of you watch Adventure Time, you’ll recognize Finn.  That pattern is entirely available online for free, I mentioned the Lizzard Crafts blog earlier… but here’s the link again for anyone out there who is lazy like me.

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I guess I got a little overexcited with the hair for sherlock, because this is my box of leftovers! O.o

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Oh well, I’m sure I’ll use it on a future project.  Another Sherlock, or maybe even a 4th Doctor?

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The possibilities are endless!!  Well, almost.  In closing, here’s a sneaky selfie I grabbed at Sabrina’s house!

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11th Doctor Knit Doll

This was the first knit doll I did, and it was a gift for my friend Sabrina.  I made the doll before I had this blog up, so here is the finished product:

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To see the materials used, check it out on Ravelry.

This is the first outfit the 11th Doctor (played by Matt Smith) wore in the series 5 premiere of Doctor Who… or at least, the first outfit that he actually picked out and wore.  I keep thinking about knitting a raggedy doctor, but it’s low right now on a long list of priorities… anyway, here are some shots of the original outfit as seen on the show:

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And here are some of the construction photos… like the Lizzard Crafts Finn Pattern, it was done in two flat halves, but I don’t have any pictures of sewing him together because it was my first time trying something like this, and I was concentrating SO. HARD.  Started at the feet, and worked my way up.  I like doing arms/hands in the round on double pointed knitting needles (from the armpit down), finishing up with a hand that’s pretty much like a miniature mitten.  Here’s a picture of his arms and legs… (“Legs, I’ve still got legs… and fingers, ooo, lots of fingers!”)

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Here he is with his body finally sewn together, but the arms weren’t on yet.  he’s starting to look pretty cute!  I will eventually put up a bowtie tutorial, you wouldn’t believe how easy it is.

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Eyes are the little plastic pop in kind you can buy from Jo-Ann.  Here’s a pic to show you how they work, you pop them in the front and then slide the little plastic backing in from the wrong side of the work.  Once I discovered these, I became utterly addicted.  They’re so easy to install, and I think they add a realism and cuteness (sparkle in the eye) that other eye methods just don’t do.  They’re available in colors too, but to be honest, I think they look a little creepy… I’ve seen people use them on their dolls before, and I think they kind of come out looking a bit reptilian.  😐

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Arms get sewn on, he’s looking human Time Lord!  Juuuust… bald.

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We all know Matt Smith can rock the bald look…

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Buuuut…. he needs hair with this outfit.

I’m sorry I don’t have a good tutorial or images for his hair, but I promise later on I will show you guys how I do knit hair on my dolls.  Boy hair was such a challenge… girl hair you just root in and style or braid, but boys… if you don’t root it in at both ends it turns into a hot mess.  I found a solution on pinterest, but it was a crochet pattern, and I don’t crochet… so I basically adapted that by chain stitching the wig cap on, and embroidering the hair on top of it.  I’ve done 3 of these pink-shirt-red-bowtie 11th Doctors now for various people, and I’m actually currently working on one, so when I do the hair I’ll take lots of photos and I’ll get a tutorial up.  It’s done similarly to this, but nowhere near as neat and professional looking…

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Tweed jacket time!  I had fun designing the pieces (two pieces in front, one in back) with excel… in fact, most of my “patterns” (I use that term so loosely because it’s not really a pattern at all) are designed with excel.  At some point maybe I’ll take a screen shot and show you what they look like.  Again, I forgot to take pictures of the jacket pieces before I sewed them together in this vest like thing…

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Looking pretty dapper there, sir!  At this point I did some jacket sleeves in the round with double pointed needles, and sewed them on to get the completed product, which I’ll repost the image from above in case you don’t want to scroll up…

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The sonic screwdriver got added later, I’ll do a tutorial at some point for that too.  But here’s a close up.

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Will post for the 10th doctor soon!  🙂 🙂 🙂