Dr Who TARDIS

FREE CROCHET AMIGURUMI PATTERN

About this pattern:

Inspired by the Dr Who TV series, you can now build your own TARDIS. I can’t promise that it will allow you to travel across time and space, but I can promise you that it will look great on your shelf.

The TARDIS is designed so that the front doors can be opened to hide toys or the odd Dalek. Excuse the Chibi Totoro in the picture as I sadly didn’t have a Dr Who related item small enough to demonstrate the door opening. Although, I’m sure it’s not the weirdest thing to ever step out of a TARDIS… (For those wondering, you can get the Totoro pattern HERE).

Alternatively, you can keep the doors fixed and have a loose roof instead to store things from the top like a container.

The majority is worked as half double crochet or single crochet panels with some very basic colour changing. There are no technically tricky parts to this pattern, it is simply the time and patience to construct it.

I didn’t block/steam the yarn, but it is something to consider doing if you want a really crisp geometric shape. You could also line the walls with cardboard too if you are looking for a really solid structure and want to move it around a lot.

To create the TARDIS I used Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo (acrylic) yarn instead of my normal cotton favourite because it provides a sturdier structure.

Materials:

  • Acrylic yarn (dark blue, white)
  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • Stitch markers and pins
  • Yarn needle
  • Cardboard (Scraps from delivery boxes)
  • Felt or card (Scraps, to create the signs)
  • Hobby or fabric glue

Stitch Abbreviations:

Sc = Single crochet
Slip st = Slip stitch
Hdc = Half double crochet
BLO = Back loops only
** = a repeating stitch pattern

Measurements:

The completed piece measures approx. 28 cm tall.

Pattern Notes:

Stitches are written in standard US terms working in continuous rounds unless otherwise specified.

Let’s Get Started!

MAIN PANELS (Make Three)

Using dark blue yarn, working in rows.
Note. Chain 2 and turn at the end of each row.
Note. WH hdc = hdc stitch in WHITE yarn. All other stitches in blue yarn.

Rnd 1 : Ch 32. Working into the 3rd stitch from the hook, hdc in each stitch along (30)
Rnd 2 : Hdc in the first 23 stitches, WH hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc in remaining 2 stitches (30)
Rnd 3 : Hdc in the first 2 stitches, WH hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc in the remaining 23 stitches (30)
Rnd 4 : Repeat round 2 (30)
Rnd 5 -6: hdc in each stitch along (30)
Rnd 7 : Hdc in the first 2 stitches, WH hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc in the remaining 23 stitches (30)
Rnd 8 : Hdc in the first 23 stitches, WH hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc in remaining 2 stitches (30)
Rnd 9 : Repeat round 7 (30)
Rnd 10 : hdc in each stitch along (30)

Fasten off.

DOORS

Using dark blue yarn, working in rows.
Note. Chain 2 and turn at the end of each row.
Note. WH hdc = hdc stitch in WHITE yarn. All other stitches in blue yarn.

LEFT DOOR

Rnd 1 : Ch 32. Working into the 3rd stitch from the hook, hdc in each stitch along (30)
Rnd 2 : Hdc in the first 23 stitches, WH hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc in remaining 2 stitches (30)
Rnd 3 : Hdc in the first 2 stitches, WH hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc in the remaining 23 stitches (30)
Rnd 4 : Repeat round 2 (30)
Rnd 5 : hdc in each stitch along (30)

Fasten off.

RIGHT DOOR

Rnd 1: hdc in each stitch along (30)
Rnd 2 : Hdc in the first 2 stitches, WH hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc in the remaining 23 stitches (30)
Rnd 3 : Hdc in the first 23 stitches, WH hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc in remaining 2 stitches (30)
Rnd 4 : Repeat round 7 (30)
Rnd 5 : hdc in each stitch along (30)

Fasten off.

PANEL DETAILS

This is the part I found takes the most time. It’s quite repetitive, so it’s a good one to work on the sofa in front of the tv.

The aim is to create the geometric detailing on each panel and frame the windows. Each panel is three rows wide, and five stitches high. The space between each panel is 2 rows. There is a 1 row border down the tall sides, and a 2 row border along the short sides. More simply, in chart form it looks like this:

Using the same dark blue yarn and a yarn needle, stitch in the frame work and window panes. In the pictures shown below, the window panes are a single stitch in yarn, but the frames are doubled up to give them more depth.

There is only one exception:

When stitching the paneling onto the LEFT door, skip the panel directly under the window. This is where the public notice will be attached later.

BASE

Using dark blue yarn, working in rows:
Note. Chain 2 and turn at the end of each row.

Rnd 1 : Ch 17. Working into the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in each stitch along.
Rnd 2-16 : sc in each stitch along (16)

Do not fasten off. Instead, work a sc stitch around the outer edges to neaten off the rough row edges. Ch1 at each of the 4 corners to prevent the shape pulling inwards. Fasten off.

ROOF : PART ONE (Make 2)

Using dark blue yarn, working in rows:
Note. Chain 2 and turn at the end of each row.

Rnd 1 : Ch 17. Working into the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in each stitch along.
Rnd 2-16 : sc in each stitch along (16)

Fasten off.

Using dark blue yarn, working in a single row:

Rnd 1: Ch 70. Working into the 3rd ch from the hook, hdc in each stitch along (68)

Fasten off.

Cut two square pieces of packing carboard (scraps of an Amazon delivery box for example) approximately 5mm smaller than your roof panels.

Using hobby glue, stick the two pieces of cardboard together, and then glue to the centre of one of the roof panels.

Then, glue the second panel on top. Like a cardboard sandwich in between two crochet squares.

Then take the single strand of hdc stitches and pin it around the sides of the roof. Once it’s evenly positioned, whip stitch into place along the top and bottom.

When stitching along the edge with the hdc stitches, try to stitch through back loops only. This will create a neater, more square edge.

ROOF : PART TWO (Make only 1)

Using dark blue yarn, working in rows:
Note. Chain 2 and turn at the end of each row.

Rnd 1 : Ch 11. Working into the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in each stitch along. (10)
Rnd 2-10 : sc in each stitch along (10)

Fasten off.

Using dark blue yarn, working in a single row:

Rnd 1: Ch 42. Working into the 3rd ch from the hook, hdc in each stitch along (40)

Fasten off.

Using the same process as before, cut three squares of cardboard and attach to the centre of the panel. Take the single row of hdc stitches and attach around the edges, whip stitching around the edge of the crochet square.

There should only be one crochet panel, so more of an open sandwich this time around.

ROOF : PART THREE (Make only 1)

Using dark blue yarn, working in continuous rounds:

Rnd 1 : Work 9 sc into a magic ring (9)
Switch to white yarn.
Rnd 2 : sc BLO in each stitch around (9)
Rnd3-4: sc in each stitch around (9)

Fasten off.

Using blue yarn stitch around the base, and then four upright stitches evenly spaced around from top to bottom. See the photo below for guidance:

ROOF ASSEMBLY

Attach rook part 2 to the centre of roof part 1, with the crochet side up. Attach the roof part three to the top.

TARDIS ASSEMBLY

It’s now finally time to put all the pieces together!

Line the three main panels up next to each other, making sure that the white windows are all at the top. Whip stitch each panel together along the REVERSE side, so that the seam is hidden within the TARDIS. One panel edge will be the starting round of chain stitches, the other edge will be the final round of hdc stitches. When stitching, work through the back loops of the hdc stitches (the loops closest to you on the reverse side).

Once all three panels are attached in a row, use the same method to attach a door to either end of the three panel set.

The 5 panels (3 side panels and 2 doors) should fold at the seams to create a four sided box. Three panels making up three sides of the box, and the two doors together making the fourth side.

To create a more even edge for construction I worked a single crochet stitch along the top and bottom edge of the combined set of panels. When doing this it is important to ch1 at each of the seams as you work along so it still allows the panels to fold.

Centre the panels upright on the base panel making sire there is an even border space around the edge of the TARDIS. Fix the 3 panels to the base (this is easiest to pin and glue rather than stitch). Use a straight edge and fix one panel at a time to get as neat an edge as possible. Do not fix the bottom edge of the door panels, as this will allow them to open and close.

Once the base is set, fix the roof onto the top. Again, only fix around the three wall panels and NOT the tops of the doors.

It should then look something like this, where you can fold the doors in or out:

Now it is down to finishing touches.

To create a door handle attach a white bead, or use white yarn to embroider one, on to the right door panel.

Take a piece of white paper and create the door notice. The piece should be approximately the same size as the door stitched paneling on the doors. Attach to the left door under the window.

Cut a small circle (approx. 1cm in diameter) out of white paper and affix to the centre of the stitched panel under the window on the right door.

Use black card or black felt to create the POLICE BOX sign and affix to each side of the roof.

And that’s it, your TARDIS is now complete! To finish, I lined the inside with sparkly tissue paper, to hide where the yarn ends from embroidering on the paneling were fastened, but you cannot see this unless you really pull the doors open. If you are making one as a gift, then it may be a nice finishing touch.

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, please let me know in the comments below what you think! Would you want to see more Dr Who inspired patterns? And if it’s your thing, then feel free to browse the blog for more nerd inspired crochet crafts.

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©2020 Ninja Cat Crafts. This pattern is the property of Ninja Cat Crafts. The written pattern and images are for personal use only and not for sale or redistribution. Items made based on this pattern may be sold, but with clear credit to Ninja Cat Crafts.

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