If an actor in a popular TV show or movie steps onto the screen in something knitted or crocheted, approximately 214,567 crafters will immediately go to work recreating that item. Patterns for it will appear on ravlery within days. The brave etsy sellers (or the ones oblivious to intellectual property laws) will be offering handmade copies of it for sale within a week.
Why the craze to recreate TV knits and crochet? Because these items, when given to a fan, increase the chances of your gift being appreciated by a thousand percent. Plus they make you look like a TV star!
Now, I have cautioned heavily in the past about giving away precious, hand-made, yarn babies. Many of the creatures walking around on this planet that look like human beings are in fact, soul crushing beasts who will fail to properly appreciate your creations. Never, ever give them anything you make. Its a waste of your time and yarn stash. But if you have someone whom you think might like a little handmade something-something this Christmas, and that someone is a fan of a Hollywood yarn-appreciating hero, then you might consider making them the hat/gloves/scarf from that show they like.
Or….. you could just make it and keep it for yourself! That’s what I would do. No one appreciates my yarn babies like I do.
The Doctor Who Scarf From Season 12
The Season 12 Doctor Who scarf is the granddaddy of TV knitting and every Doctor Who fan in the world wants one. Not all are worthy. If you take on this project you are committing to miles (miles!) of garter stitch drudgery. The only people worthy of this scarf are the ones who:
- used to occupy space in your uterus,
- have volunteered to do all of your ironing,
- showed up in the middle of the night to pull your car out of a snowy ditch, or
- helped you bury a body in the Nevada desert
Tell all others who ask for a Doctor Who Scarf that you can only make one if they pay for your time and since this will take appropriately 4.7 years to finish, it will cost them $376,000.
The internet has plenty of help and suggested patterns for the Doctor Who (season 12) scarf. The definitive guide is … www.dcotorwhoscarf.com of course. Over there you will find patterns for sport, DK, worsted, and aran weight versions, as well as an exhaustive evaluation of colors from several commercial sources. Go nuts. And if you think all that effort on the part of the web site author was time well spent that you might, in fact, be a little nuts.
The Jayne Hat from Firefly
If you’ve never heard of the show Firefly, that’s because it was cancelled after 14 episodes in 2003. Then a movie was made in 2005. Why did they make a movie from such a short lived show? Because at the time it was canceled, 5 million people were watching it. Why did it get cancelled? Because the people who run FOX are really dumb.
You know a Firefly fan. Trust me on this one. They are everywhere. That fan will know EXACTLY what a Jayne hat is. He/she will immediately tell you that its a “cunningly made hat”.
The backstory on this piece of knitwear is that Jayne (who is a guy) is a villain but he is the good-guy-team villain so everyone puts up with his backstabbing ways. Jayne spends an episode wearing a hat his mommy made for him. He is very, very proud of it. So for that episode, viewers have soft warm feelings about a character that they normally think should be shot out into cold space by way of a malfunctioning air lock.
Long live brown coats! (the Firefly fans will know what that means and everyone else won’t really care).
Anything You See On Outlander That You can Knit Is Groovy
Outlander has hunky guys who take their shirts off, lovely Scottish accents, and lots of knitwear to copy. Guess what? Its a very successful show.
The huge chunky cowl worn by Claire is the most popular pattern, but there are others! There is a pattern for the little shawl she wears in Rent. There are cabled cuffs for when you need to gather up herbs in the wilds of Scotland. There are at least two caplets. And I’m sure the next season will bring more. I know people who watch this show just for the knitting, or so they claim. I’m sure the hunky guys who constantly take their shirts off has nothing to do with their enjoyment of the show.
Amy Ferrah Fowler’s Granny Square Blanket
If you watch The Big Bang Theory (and are like me in every way) then you probably found Amy Ferrah Fowler to be irritating, grating, and kind of creepy. Then she grew on you, like a fungus. Then you realized she had an AWESOME granny square blanket on her couch which looked EXACTLY like the blanket from Rosanne’s couch all those years ago. Here is a TV crochet that is based on a TV crochet.
How geeky is that?
I actually love Amy Ferrah Fowler now. The show is much, much better with her in it. So I went to see if anyone had figured out a pattern for her blanket and.. of course they had!
Hope you found something in all this that you like! All the patterns I’ve linked here are freebies. Go grab them! Hope you gave serious consideration to the keep-it-for-yourself advice. Really, no one will love it like you do.