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Science Related Knitting Patterns

Updated on December 30, 2013

Scientific Knitting Patterns

Scientists do more then spend their time in lab, but they sometimes bring their academic passions into their hobbies. My blog, ChemKnits, was founded on the merger of my career and my favorite hobby. Yes some of it is dorky, but I love what I do! Sharing science knitting patterns with the world has become an outlet that is applicable to non-scientists, too. Many people who haven't thought about chemistry since high school know someone who would really enjoy a knit science project.

This lens will highlight free science knitting patterns, including the patterns that I have designed myself. I will happily consider all suggestions for new science related knitting projects. Who knows, your idea might just become my next design!

Peptide Beer Cozy - Do you have a favorite protein?

This was the first molecule based knitting pattern that I actually knit, the peptide beer cozy.. You can use the same pentapeptide (chain of 5 amino acids) as me, or create your own taking advantage of the generic pentapeptide chart and the charts of all 20 natural amino acids.

Molecule Knitting Patterns - Complete List of Free Molecule Knitting Patterns by ChemKnits

This is a list of all of the free patterns of my design that I have featured in this lens.

RFR Christmas Stocking featuring a Heme inspired design
RFR Christmas Stocking featuring a Heme inspired design

RFR/RFB Christmas Stocking

Featuring a Heme inspired star!

I made this stocking for myself with a heme related chart that I designed from the request of a faithful reader. I loved what I had created for her so much that I incorporated it into my stocking design.

Make this coffee cozy for your favorite Caffeine Addict, because it features the molecule caffeine. Let them have a boost... from inside their cup and out!

How often do you stop and think what you're doing to your body when you're drinking? this thought inspired me to create the "Hangover" Beer Cozy. This cozy has a scheme of the ethanol metabolism pathway on one side (the inebriated side) and the structure of ibuprofen on the other (the recovery side).

Don't like ibuprofen (the active component of Advil and Motrin)? Use another pain relief related molecule on your cozy.

Are Scientists Nerds?

Does designing science related knitting patterns make me a complete nerd?

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    • Lucee Rakowitz profile image

      Lucee Rakowitz 

      4 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      My boyfriend wants me to put the molecular structure for methamphetamine on a hat I made for him, would it be easier to do a duplicate stitch or do straight embroidery? I would be working from the image on wiki.

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      Kevin Wilson 2 

      5 years ago

      Love this! I'd really like to see some bigger pictures of the knitted objects, though.

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      braincell2020-2 

      6 years ago

      I found this absolutely adorable

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      xanthoria24 

      6 years ago

      I ran across a knitted brain in The Scientist a few years ago, and was wondering if you had seen that. A picture of that would be a cool addition to your lens. As a geeky scientist myself, your lens has inspired me to try knitting again. As for the molecule, I would want to knit a lichen acid.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Someone had asked me for a testosterone chart. Any ideas?

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      accfuller 

      7 years ago

      This lens is TOTALLY up my alley!

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      jlshernandez 

      7 years ago

      This is indeed a different way at interpreting knitting patterns. In the eyes of a scientist, the different patterns can mean different things from what these were intended to be.

      But it is truly in the eyes of the beholder. Fun lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      JeremiahStanghini 

      7 years ago

      lol... a beer cozy? Why not, right?

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      sousababy 

      7 years ago

      Oh to answer your question about which molecule . . . H2O, good 'ole water.

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      sousababy 

      7 years ago

      Ha, I love, love, love this one. I AM the biggest nerd around . . . adding it to your devoted section of my featured lens AND lensrolled to my: Challenging Conventional Thinking, Nerdy-chick disagrees with Stephen Hawking, Intelligence and Prejudice, Our Brain: Powerful, Fragile and Preconceptions, Preventive Medicine is UNDERfunded, why?, Can Samantha Jones exist? and Women's Day is TODAY lenses. Sure hope it helps!

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      Greenwickpress 

      7 years ago

      This lens was such a delight to read. I love when arts and crafts are put in the service of pure geekery!

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      Susan300 

      7 years ago

      This is such a neat lens! This is a whole segment of kintting that I'd never even heard of. What a lot of cute ideas! :)

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      Cinnamonbite 

      7 years ago

      I knitted the DNA scarf and it's pretty awesome. The molecules are interesting but I dunno if I'd do one. Hey, you want to knit me a sweater? LOL

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      PrettyWorld 

      7 years ago

      This is just cooler than cool!

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I just love these very clever and original Science-related knitting patterns. Am returning now to tell you this lens is 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' my newly done "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf" lens. :) Happy knitting!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @jennabee25: Oh I never thought it was a bad thing ;) But I do have some colleagues who aren't particularly nerdy.

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      norma-holt 

      7 years ago

      Yes, your designs are fantastic. Can't get over seeing molecules as a pattern for a jumper, but love it.

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      Jenn Dixon 

      7 years ago from PA

      Being a nerd is a GOOD THING! Great lens and I will be back for some of these cool patterns.

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      Oliversbabycarecouk 

      7 years ago

      great lens and i love the hangover beer cozy.

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      kougar lm 

      7 years ago

      This is an awesome lens. I can't wait to give some of these a try. Thanks!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @NatashaPapousek: The arsenic microbes are very cool. Phosphorus has been central to my PhD, so I am quite fond of it (mostly NP bonds, but ATP is important, too!)

      I have not done an ATP chart yet... but now I feel a challenge! Let's see what I come up with ;) (Although it'll be a huge chart because it's rather large compared to a lot of the other molecules I chart!)

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      Jacqueline Marshall 

      7 years ago from Chicago area

      This is the first time I've ever enjoyed a knitting lens.

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      NatashaPapousek 

      7 years ago

      This is an AWESOME lens! Do you have a pattern for ATP? I love extremophiles, but everything shares ATP....except for perhaps the microbes from Mono Lake that were trained to use arsenic instead of phosphorus....

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 

      7 years ago

      Clever Lens...very clever. ;D

      Jeff

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      SquidooKiddoo 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful patterns here, make me remember my old sweater patterns :) Nice Lens

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      javr 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I would do my favorite saying, "Astronomy is looking up". This lens has been blessed.

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      javr 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I would do my favorite saying, "Astronomy is looking up". This lens has been blessed.

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      Dee Gallemore 

      7 years ago

      O-M-G . . . science and knitting! This lens is featured on Noteworthy and Blessed!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      7 years ago from Royalton

      I am always looking for connections. It never occurred to me to connect knitting with chemistry. What a cleaver idea! I would love to make some science related knitting patterns. I can see why this is one of your favorite lenses.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      The RFR/RFB Christmas Stocking is interesting. Honestly, I have never ever seen/encounter a meeting between knitting and science:) But why not, you have some nice designs! Weird science knitting must be!

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      hotbrain 

      7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I love the Hangover Beer Cozy. Great idea! Squidoo Angel Blessed :)

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      amkatee 

      7 years ago

      oooooh Like this a lot!! I love to knit!

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      snowcloud 

      7 years ago

      nice work

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      Liz Mackay 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Came back to give you a squid angel blessing and will be featuring your lens on my lens Me?!! A Squid Angel.

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      Addy Bell 

      7 years ago

      Theobromide. Chocolate all the way :)

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      Liz Mackay 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      How would you get on with dna ?

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      Barbara Walton 

      7 years ago from France

      The one that springs to my mind and is often used as a pattern is the snowflake crystal.

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      petsandvets 

      7 years ago

      How about a Proud to be Nerd slogan !

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @John Dyhouse: Haha, than you so much!

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      John Dyhouse 

      7 years ago from UK

      ALCOHOL! must be a favourite!

      BTW As a scientist I was not happy about the pollresults, I have tweeted and FB'd the poll to try to redress the balnce - Great lens

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      Bambi Watson 

      7 years ago

      I crochet mostly, haven't knitted in years...I'm kind of a physics nut, so love the science patterns, very cool! :)

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      spunkyduckling 

      7 years ago

      Great knitting stuff. You must really love knitting..taking it to a whole new level. I am blown away~

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      Jimmie Quick 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I don't knit, but I'd like to learn.

      You are a total nerd, and I love it! So clever.

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      SofiaMann 

      7 years ago

      Sounds like a great idea. Congratulations

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very interesting lens, I have never heard of anyone knitting science projects before, but why not. I think it's a great idea.

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      capriliz lm 

      7 years ago

      If I were to learn how to knit, these are the patterns I would use. My 15 year old daughter is in honors biology and even she got a kick out of your patterns.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Looks pretty fun. How about a bib?

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Neurotransmitters have been added to the ideas list. :)

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I voted for nerd, but honestly what's wrong with being a nerd? Especially a nerd who can draw up a knitting chart for molecules? Any chance you'd take a request for neurotransmitters?

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @Lisa-Marie-Mary: I'm glad you did, too!

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 

      7 years ago

      Since I'm a caffeine-a-holic, I suppose that's the one I'd have to pick!!! LOL I just absolutely LOVE this lens! So glad I saw it in your forum siggy!

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      moonlitta 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for dropping by. Have fun here!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @giacombs-ramirez: Thank you so much!

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      7 years ago from Montana

      Wow...trophy for the most unique niche ever! Blessed by an angel.

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      Sue Dixon 

      7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I love knitting, but I'll pass on the molecules! Enjoyed your lens though.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @Swisstoons: The peptide beer cozy DOES look festive with the "oxygens" and "nitrogens" looking like a string of lights! I haven't thought about using any of them on zazzle, but that is not a bad idea....

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thumbs up for this clever hobby and interesting lens! That peptide beer cozy has kind of a Christmas feel to it. Have you considered putting your molecular designs on Zazzle products?

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: The Hangover beer cozy is my personal favorite. It was a hit around lab!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @WritingforYourW: Well there's a periodic table sweater pattern up there ;)

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Very clever, combining science elements and knitting. Love the 'Hangover Beer Cozy' ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      WritingforYourW 

      7 years ago

      Ooh, knitting for science geeks, fun. I saw a shower curtain once with the periodic table of elements on it. Seemed like a winner. :)

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @LisaAuch1: Thank you! :)

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      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Wonderful! i really do hope people go and visit your Blog! it is just brilliant! Honoured to Bless this lens. *Blessed by a SquidAngel*

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much! Let me know if you ever decide to learn how to knit ;)

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Love these patterns. These are things I know very little about, because I'm not a knitter. I have some great knit sweaters that I love. ~ Awesome lens you have here. Really!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @LisaAuch1: That is a really helpful note. I'm adding to my to do list to change the thumbnails of patterns into large photo modules, merging with the link list of my free photos. This should bring the photos across the lens more. (I learned that HTML was allowed in text boxes after this lens.) I really appreciate the comment!

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      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Out of this World! You need to put some more of the pictures up, at the links to make people go see this, especially the pig! never mind your patterns!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @CashcrateTips: Good luck with orgo!

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      CashcrateTips 

      7 years ago

      Haha I just started taking Organic Chemistry this semester and I find the knitting molecules to be very interesting. Nice lens.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @GonnaFly: Thanks, I've always been a bit of a nerd ;)

      But seriously, I found a pattern for a hat that had molecules on it, and I've been designing patterns ever since.

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      Jeanette 

      7 years ago from Australia

      I never knew anything like this existed! You have collected some great resources here.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      @Lee Hansen: That could be super cute. You may want to make the molecule larger, say for each square in the chart make it a 4x4 knit square.

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      Lee Hansen 

      7 years ago from Vermont

      I drew a diagram of the caffeine molecule to embroider on a jacket ... perhaps I could add it to a sweater?

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