TARDIS Wristwarmers

ETA: blindmayhem on Ravelry made an in-the-roud version and posted her edits on their project page for everyone!

Any self-respecting Doctor Who fan can tell you what a TARDIS is.  It’s a blue box.  It’s bigger on the inside.  It’s Time And Relative Dimension In Space.  It’s not just a time machine.  It’s a spaceship, too.

Now you can be nerdy and keep your hands warm while doing so!  Isn’t that brilliant?  Fantastic, even!

Adapted from a visual of someone else’s TARDIS wristwarmers, I bring you my version.

Here’s the Ravelry page if you want to queue it up.

The pattern:


·This pattern is written to be worked in the round at first, then flat.  You can, if you find it easier, work the whole thing flat; I just like doing the cuff in the round.

·The chart is worked in a Fair Isle method rather than intarsia.  If you prefer, you can work the wristwarmers in blue all the way and then duplicate stitch the chart.


·100 yards worsted weight yarn in a blue of your choice.  The yarn I used is royal blue, more reminiscent of the Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS.

·25 yards worsted weight yarn, black

·25 yards worsted weight yarn, white

·40” size US #3/3.25mm circular needle

·OR 1 set of DPNs size US #3/3.25mm

·Stitch markers if you need them (I found they kind of got in the way/interfered with the Fair Isle)


5.5 sts/7 rows = 1” in stockinette stitch.  Make sure you do a gauge swatch!


Adjustable to the size/length of your palm.  I have the squarest hands in the universe so the mockup of this pattern is very short from wrist to knuckle.

To achieve the correct size, measure around your wrist, around your palm above your thumb, and from your wrist to the base of your middle finger.

The pattern is given for these measurements:

Wrist: 7.5in/19cm

Palm: 8.5in/21.5cm

Wrist to base of finger: 4in/10.16cm

If your palm is wider, you can add stitches onto either side of the chart.

If your palm is longer, you can add more rows of blue in between the cuff and windows, windows and “police box,” “police box” and ribbing, or add more rows of ribbing at the end.  It is entirely up to you!  OR, since the windows in the design are rather square, you can add two rows by lengthening the windows to achieve a more “authentic” look.


CO: cast on

k: knit

p: purl

sts: stitches

rnd: round

pm: place marker

MC: main color (blue)

C1: color one (white)

C2: color two (black)

BO: bind off


CO 48 sts, 12 sts on each needle.  Join in round, being careful not to twist sts.

Work in 2×2 rib for 14 rows.

Rnd 1-3: k even.

Begin working flat.

Row 4: p even.

Row 5: k even.

Row 6: p 7, pm, p 34, pm, p7

Rows 7-26: Work chart between the markers, using Fair Isle and stranding the yarn along the back.

Rows 27-28: work two rows even in blue

If you prefer a stockinette edge, continue in stockinette until the desired length is achieved, then BO, leaving a tail of at least twelve inches.

Otherwise, work 2×2 ribbing until desired length is achieved, then BO, leaving a tail of at least twelve inches.


Weave in all strands except the tail from the BO.  Use this tail to seam together the edges at the top, down to wherever is comfortable for your hand.  Weave in the end of that tail, and you’re finished!

Happy knitting!


About Sarah

I'm a college student majoring in Earth Science that knits to relax and have fun. I like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, baseball, weather, anime, history, and many other things.
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25 Responses to TARDIS Wristwarmers

  1. griffter911 says:

    *GASP* I must have these… must find someone to make them! AAAHHH!!! LOL!

  2. Todd says:

    So you said I could order these from you?

  3. Raven says:

    I’m still relatively knew to knitting, a lot of it I guess at with lucky success. LOL I have one silly question though. Just flip the order around to have a left and a right glove, because After completing the first one, clearly this a right hand glove. 😛

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  5. Elizabeth says:

    I made these for a friend a while ago and never got around to replying! I loved them and might eventually make a pair for myself! I did add another row to make the windows taller and did not have the darker blue behind “Police Box.” I was so happy they turned out, I am not a very experienced knitter yet!!
    Thank you for sharing!! 🙂

  6. Caryn says:

    Daughter found the picture of these, just the picture, and say “mom, can you do something like this?” Answer was yes, hard part was tracking down the pattern! Thank you so much, will be whipping out a few pairs of these I think!

  7. wordphix says:

    Reblogged this on wordphix and commented:
    Next knitting project, Oh Yes!

  8. Judy says:

    Can the doc who wrist warmers and scarf be maid on a knifty knitter? I sure hope so!

  9. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the pattern. Of course I had to make it harder on myself and knit in the round because hate hate hate seaming but the one I’ve finished is pretty bad a$$. It’s on my ravelry page (darkeyedfish) if you want to see how they came out…

  10. Veggiewitch says:

    Reblogged this on veggiewitch and commented:
    Oh, I will be making these little pretties very soon! ;0)

  11. Allie says:

    Just wanted you to know, I played with your pattern a bit to knit it entirely in the round, and added thumbs. I posted the modified pattern with my ravelry project: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/blindmayhem/tardis-wristwarmers

    It contains a good chunk of your pattern copied in so if you want me to remove it please let me know!

    • Sarah says:

      Those look fantastic! I’d actually been thinking about creating an in-the-round version, but whenever I got to fiddling around with the letter chart I got annoyed and gave up. (That, and I’ve become increasingly lazy with my knitting.) Do YOU mind awfully if I edit this post and the Ravelry pattern page to link to your project?

  12. I really have been wanting to try this pattern out but 48 stitches seems way big for my hands even when I knit tightly! I am using regular 4ply yarn. Is there anything I might be doing wrong? I measured my wrists and hands and they are very close to your measurements! I was using the magic loop method, which I guess can be hard to keep the gauge even due to the stitches slipped to the wire!

    • Sarah says:

      When I wrote this pattern three years ago, I knit very tightly, which may explain the 48 stitches. The funny thing is that I was knitting with 10ply yarn when I made them! Normally when I have problems it’s due to needle size, but if you did a gauge swatch and got the correct gauge, then I can’t imagine that would be the problem. You might try decreasing a couple stitches between the windows and “Police Box” (not sure if that is possible in the in-the-round version; I haven’t tried knitting that myself yet). Otherwise I’m not entirely sure myself. Sorry!

    • Anonymous says:

      When you say 4ply yarn do you mean when you untwist a length of yarn there are four twists if fiber that make up the yarn OR do you mean that the weight of the plies is 4?

  13. Thank you so much for your reply! I successfully knit one glove, and it turned out a bit large still but it’s a nice fit and the wide cuff allows it to be pulled on over long sleeves comfortably. On the next one I’ll try decreasing a few stiches as you said, between windows, as the banner has a lot of blue between where it begins and ends.

  14. Annette Gibson says:

    Hi there

    I knitted your TARDIS wrist warmers and posted them on The Knitting Lodge on Google+ with a link to the project. They made #projectoftheday and are now up to 593 +1s (likes) in 24 hours Just thought you would like to know how much your pattern is loved 😄. Thank you!!!

  15. I’ll be working flat bc I’m new to knitting. What does “knit even” or “purl even” mean? Does that mean knit or purl the whole row?

  16. Danae says:

    Probably a silly question, but are the yarn amounts you suggest for one or two? Doesn’t seem enough for two


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