Category Archives: patterns

new old pattern: Into the Valley

A couple of years ago, I wrote a pattern for this beanie & it was published in Bobbins. Now I’m finally getting around to releasing the pattern into the wild. It’s a cabled man’s beanie, knit in aran weight, and available as a free ravelry download .

(if you’re not on ravelry you can download a copy by clicking here instead but you really should just join ravelry).

20th August 2012: as Julie kindly pointed out in the comments, there was error in round 4 of the set up rounds (written instructions). I have corrected this in the latest version. Thanks Julie. 


Lennard-Jones socks

Last year I submitted my chemistry-inspired Lennard-Jones sock pattern to new British knitting magazine Knit Now and it was accepted! The pattern has been published this week in issue 4 – I was so excited when it landed on my door mat, I have been carrying it around & showing it off ever since.

If for some inexplicable reason you don’t already have a subscription, you can buy a copy from good magaziney retailers in the UK.  Click the button  to see the socks on ravelry, beautifully set off by Kate’s gorgeous purple shoes.

Menten Scarf


I love small shawls worn as scarves, they are perfect for keeping your neck cosy warm. MentenSometimes they are a bit too triangular for me and I wanted a long, shallow triangle rather than a deep one.  So I knitted this one, and wrote up the pattern. It’s knit lengthways in garter stitch, with a simple lace edge, and will show off a lovely variegated or self-striping yarn. This red one is in 4-ply (sock/fingering weight) yarn but you could knit it any weight from 4-ply to aran (I used Arauacania Ranco Multy shade 337 & 3.25 mm needles).

Menten is available as a free ravelry download (if you’re not on ravelry, click here to get the pdf).  Or, next time you’re in Manchester, you can get a paper copy from Purl City Yarns in return for a donation to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami appeal.

22/07/11 updated pattern published, correcting minor errors in original

About Maud Menten

Maud MentenOne of the first women in Canada to qualify as a medical doctor, Maud Leonora Menten (1879 – 1960) is best known for her research into enzyme kinetics.  Together with Leonor Michaelis she developed the Michaelis-Menten equation, a mathematical formula modelling enzyme reaction rates still used by chemists & biochemists.



Bobbins, the lovely new knitting/crafting mag curated by RubbishKnitter, is out at last and includes a pattern by me. Into the Valley is a man’s cabled hat and this is what it looks like as properly photographed in the mag
and this is what it looks like as photographed by me, one on Rob and one on Frankie (the valley boy for whom the original was designed).
Bobbins includes other fabbola patterns, articles and cakes. Yours for just four British pounds, get one now.
Bobbins Mag

Evenstar Gloves

Evenstar Gloves
I’ve now knitted a second pair of these, and written up the pattern as I’ve gone along.  There are some minor changes from the originals, but the finished glove is pretty much the same. Click here to download the pattern pdf (updated 15 May 11, download now includes chart).  As usual, please note that some rights are reserved and in particular that no commercial use is permitted.

29 January ’10: this pattern is now also available as a free ravelry download

29 August ’10: a chart is now available for the cable pattern, thanks to the very wonderful geneticsgirl click for chart

15 May ’11: pdf download now includes geneticsgirl’s chart; pattern also now available in Italian, very many thanks to ravelry user Ekeloa for the translation

evenstar detail

These long, fingerless gloves were originally created during our Lord of the Rings extended editions watch-a-thon, and are inspired by Arwen as I imagine her from the books.  The beautiful silvery-blue yarn made me think of starlight and of the Evenstar of her people.

You will need 2 x 50g Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in shade 008 (pattern uses approx 170 m of yarn) and a set of 3.25 mm dpns (or smaller/larger to adjust glove size).  The finished glove fits my traditionally-built arms (wrist = 21 cm around) and the arm measures approx 12 cm to the wrist.

The thumb is made using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s ‘thumb trick’; if you need more information on this see Knitter’s Almanac or this photo-tutorial from A Kitten Knits.

I’m still new to pattern writing so please let me know if there are any errors or problems.

Evenstar Gloves

who are you calling a geek?

adipose baby in dalek cup
To great excitement in our house, the new series of Doctor Who1 started last night. With a new ‘monster’, the Adipose babies. On Dr Who Confidential it explained they were cgi-ed but also they had a couple of knitted ones on set. Ooooh. I have white wool, hmmmm … so after a quick rummage in the oddments box I made one. Crocheted rather than knitted (as it’s quicker and I find it easier to improvise in crochet), I worked on it while we watched the ‘old’ Dr Who & the Daleks episodes.
adipose baby
And yes there’s a pattern of sorts available, in case I am not the only crocheting Dr Who fan around.

Click here for the pdf
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Added 7th April 08: if you’re looking for a knitting pattern for an Adipose, go here for Mazzamatazz’s pattern
Added 30th April 08: unfortunately Mazz’s pattern is not currently available

1. ‘New’ Dr Who Series 4, Episode 1 Partners in Crime

pattern correction: heterocyclic hat

as As You Lean pointed out in the comments, my original chart misrepresented serotonin (with an octagonal hetero- ring instead of a hexagonal carbon only one).  Then I noticed penicillin had the same octagon-for-hexagon error.  I have now amended the chart and uploaded a new version on the original pattern post.

heterocyclic hat pattern

A beanie-style hat for organic chemists everywhere.

Heterocyclic Hat (for Karl)
Knit in the round, using dk/sport weight yarn on 3.75 mm needles, incorporating 4 important molecules. If you aren’t familiar with stranded colour work, read Theresa Vinson Stenersen’s tutorial on

click here for pattern pdf

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29 January ’10: this pattern is now available as a free ravelry download

Corrections 18 March ’08 – I have uploaded a revised chart which now shows the correct hexagonal benzene rings for serotonin and pencillin; thanks to ‘As you lean’ for pointing out the errors in the original

Heterocyclic molecules have atoms other than carbon (hetero-) in a carbon ring structure (-cyclic). The molecules on this hat are …





I’m new to pattern writing and chart design so please let me know if you come across any mistakes.

photo posed by models – not a genuine organic chemist

mug cosy pattern

mug cosy for Ethel

Designed for a large mug, knitted in aran (worsted) weight wool. Some knitting in the round involved. This is the first pattern I’ve ever written/shared, so please do let me know how you find it (particularly if there are any mistakes!). Click the link below the picture to download (note: as of 21st January this pattern is hosted at wordpress)