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Monday, August 22, 2011

Elementary, Dr. Watson

When I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, I also saw the trailer for the upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie.  It looks as though it will provide all of the humor and action of the first film however, I can't tell you anything about the plot because I couldn't take my eyes off of Dr. Watson's fabulous scarf.  I knew I had to fashion one.  I spent some time online to find a picture then I sat down to determine gauge, colors and number of rows per stripe.  After a few attempts, I think my finished product is a close match.  For those of you out there who love scarves as much as I do, I've written down my instructions so you can make one for opening night!

To make this scarf you will need:

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
 Chocolate (4 skeins),
Arctic Pool Heather (3 skeins),
 Dove Heather (2 skeins)

Needles: Size 7 circular or double point, whichever you prefer

Gauge: 4.5 stitches and 6 rows/ inch

Finished size: Approx. 6.5 x 72", not including fringe

With Chocolate cast on 60 stitches.  Join and knit 2 rounds.

Begin pattern: 
12 rows Chocolate
2 rows Dove Heather
8 rows Arctic Pool Heather
2 rows Dove Heather

Repeat pattern a total of 18 times, or until desired length is reached.  Knit an additional 14 rows in Chocolate.  (Note the first and last Chocolate stripe will be 14 rows).  Bind off.  Block if desired.  For fringe cut six 13-inch pieces of yarn for each fringe group.  The scarf pictured has 10 groups on each end, beginning and ending with Chocolate.  Use a crochet hook to pull a loop of fringe group from back to front through the scarf end.  Pull ends through the loop then pull to tighten.  Repeat with each fringe group, equally spacing at each end of scarf.  Trim fringe if necessary to obtain a uniform length.

Addendum 10/01/11 - It has been brought to my attention that in some of the clearer pictures from the movie trailer that people have seen it appears that that Dr. Watson's scarf may actually be knit in 1x1 rib instead of straight stockinette. Using that format may change the gauge slightly but feel free to try it out and let me know!


  1. Thank you thank you thank you for posting this!!!

  2. Bless you! I am so glad others like to recreate these knits from favorite films :)

  3. I've made it my New Year's resolution to learn how to knit just so I can make this scarf for myself, as I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. Plus, the scarf is fabulous in itself. Thank you so much for the tips! :D

  4. Having just seen the film on big screen, it is clearly done in stocking stitch. I spent I good deal of time trying to count the rows, I'm pretty sure your numbers are correct.

  5. i think it is actually done on a machine such as a sock knitting machine, which gives it the "look' of ribbing. so maybe not a true hand knit, but we can enjoy it anyways.

  6. Thanks so much for posting this! I saw it in the movie and instantly wanted it!

  7. Just finished crocheting one for my husband. I used Patons Classic Wool (3 Taupe, 2 New Denim, and 1 Grey Mix). It looks great!!!

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  9. I will say at my first attempt at knitting this scarf if wrapped around the neck will be like a brace! Its nice and thick however is a bit tight compared to the looser look of Watson's and makes for a very thick heavy scarf. If you like it, great but if you're looking for accuracy to the film. Close but no pipe.

  10. Thanks for the pattern! I can't imagine ribbing the entire thing, I'm going for quick with circular needles and knitting the whole way. Cheers!