Science Inspired Knitting Patterns
Knitting patterns inspired by scientific concepts and models from biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and more.
To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.
These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
From the designer Anja B. Lindner: “The concept of infinite parallel universes is translated into a triangular shawl. The main panel in the multi-colored yarn stands for our universe, the eight smaller short row wedges represent different parallel universes, with the figure eight being a symbol for infinity. The multi-colored yarn is featured in different stitch patterns, changing its appearance and giving an idea of everything that could be.”
This shoulder cozy features a smocking and texture pattern inspired by carbon ring structures of hydrocarbon molecules. Designed by Agness Kaku. Pictured project by YavannaRaven who made a couple of modifications
Create your own crystal minerals with beads and yarn with these 2 patterns. The top pattern Amethyst Geode is designed by Barbara Tomlinson and includes a video tutorial. It’s a variation on the original Oddknit pattern designed by Jessica Goddard shown in the bottom image.
Hangover Beer Cozy
This “hangover” beer cozy features two chemical structures in intarsia: the first shows a scheme of alcohol metabolism in the liver (the drunkiness side), the reverse has the structure for ibuprofen for hangover relief. Designed by ChemKnits
Baby’s First DNA Model
Knit this softie DNA model for a baby toy, a gift for scientists and teachers, a rattle with bells inside, a crib mobile, classroom models, and more. Some Ravelrers have modified it for specific chromosomes or to unzip. Designed by Kimberly Chapman. Pictured project by kittyvonditty
Atomic Blocks: The Periodic Table
Each face of Alegria DaSilva’s squishy toy blocks features the atomic number and symbol of a different element.
Lina Wolf’s fractal wrap / shawl / scarf was designed to honor Benoît B. Mandelbrot who developed fractal geometry and the Mandelbrot set that is partially pictured in this double knit shawl. Lina’s original design included Mandelbrot’s name.
Jessica Evans designed charts for the Periodic Table of Elements that can be used for knitting or crochet. The pictured projectis knit by GretelW with modifications. Oh, and if you wonder about the quote at the top of the pictured afghan, it’s from Tom Lehrer’s Elements Song If you haven’t heard it, you’re in for a treat!
Patterns for Purchase
Einstein Toilet Roll Cover
Theory of Rollativity is knit in DK yarn. Designed by Woolly Thoughts
Red and White Blood Cells and an Activated Platelet
These softies inspired by blood cells make great toys, paperweights, and gifts. Don’t knit? The designer ButterflyLove also sells the finished objects
Amigurumi Frothing Flask, Test Tube, and Bubbling Beaker
These softies inspired by tools of science experiments make great toys, paperweights, and gifts. Don’t knit? The designer ButterflyLove also sells the finished objects
Dragon Curve Fractal Scarf and Hat
The Dragon Curve Fractal is the fractal featured in the chapter headings for Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton and is repeated in this doubleknit scarf and hat. Designed by the Nifty Knitter