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Knitting patterns inspired by scientific concepts and models from biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and more.

Science Inspired Knitting Patterns

by | Oct 26, 2015 | Science and Math

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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

Free Knitting Pattern for Baby's First DNA Model

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


Free Knitting Pattern for DNA ScarfFree Knitting Pattern for DNA Scarf

DNA Scarf

This scarf features a cable modeled after the double helix of DNA. Designed by June Oshiro. Pictured projects by heatherashley and 1les


Molecule Free Knitting Pattern and more science inspired knitting patterns


A knit version of the acrylonitrile molecule, as used in the production of acrylic fibres, represented as a ball and stick model.


Free knitting pattern for Atomic Blocks for periodic table of elements

Atomic Blocks: The Periodic Table

Each face of Alegria DaSilva’s squishy toy blocks features the atomic number and symbol of a different element.

Trilobite Fossil Free Knitting Pattern and more science inspired knitting patterns


Oddball Knits’ pattern for fossils encased in “stone”.

Free knitting pattern for Fractal Scarf

© SINessi

Fractal-Shawl Mandelbrot

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.

Knitting pattern for Periodic Table

© GretelW

Periodic Table

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!

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