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Science Inspired Knitting Patterns

by | Oct 26, 2015 | Science and Math

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.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Carbon Fingerless Mitts

Carbon Fingerless Mitts

These mitts feature a slipped stitch pattern inspired by carbon ring structures. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Shanna Felice

Free Knitting Pattern for Multiverse Shawl

Multiverse Shawl

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.”

Free Knitting Pattern for Hydrocarbon Cowl

Hydrocarbon Cowl

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Geode

Geodes

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Computer Hat

Computer Hat

March for Science Hat ebookBeanie featuring computers with a monitor, keyboard, tower, and mouse in stranded colorwork. Designed by Heidi Arjes of Craftimism and included in a free ebook of her science themed hat patterns.

Free Knitting Pattern for Caffeine Molecule Coffee Cozy

Hypercaffinated: Caffeine Coffee Cozy

This cozy has the caffeine molecule on the front, and a ribbed back so it can stretch to fit a variety of coffee cup sizes. Designed by ChemKnits. Pictured project by Knitist

Free Knitting Pattern for DNA Headband

DNA Headband

Headband with cable in shape of double helix. Designed by ChemKnits

Free Knitting Pattern for Hangover Beer Cozy

 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

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 Chromosome Cap Free Knitting Pattern for Chromosome Cap

Chromosome Cap

This beanie features cables inspired by chromosomes. Sizes Child (Adult Small, Adult Large). Designed by Carissa Browning. Pictured project by who knit hat a little larger to make it slouchy.

Free 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

 

Free Knitting Pattern for GENEie DNA Cable Hat GENEie DNA Cable Hat

GENEie DNA Cable Hat

This beanie features DNA helix cables. Colorwork pattern also available. Designed by ChemKnits

 

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.

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.

Molecule Free Knitting Pattern and more science inspired knitting patterns

Molecule

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

 

Trilobite Fossil Free Knitting Pattern and more science inspired knitting patterns

Trilobite

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

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!

Free Knitting Pattern for Negative Space Sierpinski Kerchief

Sierpinski Fractal Shawl

The Negative Space Sierpinski Kerchief is a triangular shawl in the shape of the Sierpinski triangle fractal. Any weight yarn can be used. Designed by Mara K

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Einstein Toilet Roll Cover

Einstein Toilet Roll Cover

Theory of Rollativity is knit in DK yarn. Designed by Woolly Thoughts

Knitting Patterns for Red and White Blood Cells and an Activated Platelet

 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

Knitting Pattern for Amigurmi Beaker Flask  Knitting Pattern for Amigurmi Test Tube

Knitting Pattern for Amigurmi Bubbling Beaker

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

Knitting Pattern for Dragon Curve Fractal Scarf

Knitting Pattern for Dragon Curve Fractal Hat

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

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