Besides knitting, one of my favorite things is science. So it’s really exciting when the two get combined into Science Knits!. Apparently a lot of other people share these two passions- science knitting is so popular that Discovery Magazine even made a slideshow of some creative patterns (see it here). Here are a few of my favorites-
I’ve taken enough chemistry to see that chemists can be an odd lot (Which I think is great- it at least makes organic chemistry lecture at 9am more interesting). Here is a selection of chemistry themed patterns. First off, this section wouldn’t be complete without the blog Chemknits. My favorite chemistry knitting pattern is this caffeine molecule coffee cozy
Considering the fact that I pretty much live on coffee at this point, I think I’ll have to make this one. Equally wonderful is this tongue-in-cheek beer cozy which has the process of Ethanol metabolism diagramed on one side and the structure of ibuprofen on the other.
On a more tangible note, on Etsy you can download a pattern for an adorable frothing beaker or Erlenmeyer flask
I think biology is where science knitting really has its strong suit. Besides anatomically detailed to-scale Amigurumi animals and sea creatures, the science of biology and its assortment of molecules, chemicals, and techniques lends itself particularly well to interesting knitting patterns.
My personal favorite is this guide for knitting various microbe plushies. Aren’t they cute?
Then there’s the classic brain hat which I actually have the yarn for but haven’t gotten to yet due to the daunting amount of Icord knitting (and the fact that various other time-sensitive projects keep coming up)
I’ll leave you with the classic science knit pattern: the DNA scarf. This classic has been around for years and the cable pattern pops up on many other science knits. Here’s the original:
Ok, after my more serious review of The Principles of Kitting, I thought I’d talk about something a little more fun! Here it is: Amigurumi Knits: patterns for 20 cute mini knits by Hansi Singh
I got this book at Michael’s last weekend mostly because it has a pattern for a knitted anglerfish which is so incredibly absurd that its wonderful. My boyfriend spotted this book pretty quickly too, and decided that I need to make him an anglerfish hoodie where it looks like the anglerfish is biting the head of whoever is wearing it. I’m not entirely sure how (or if) that will work so we’ll see if it ever really happens. Right now, I have too many other patterns lined up in my queue!
Anyways, back to the book. There is a great introduction to this book that covers almost all the techniques you’ll need to knit the patterns it contains. There are a ton of great color photos that help along the way. Then there’s the patterns. You can use this book to knit anything from a praying mantis to a tomato to the Loch Ness monster. Each pattern also gives a good overview that includes the basics like the needles and yarn you’ll need as well as an estimate of difficulty and a short description saying what techniques are needed.
All in all, this book seems great for beginners. Singh views these patterns as great ways to learn how to knit. This book looks like a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to try these patterns out!
You can find it here or at your local knitting shop.
So I found a pretty cool website tonight for knitting called Ravelry.com. It’s free to join (just make an account) and has lots of patterns and helpful information. Check it out here!