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Science knitting

At Manchester Science Festival we love science, but we also love craft. Knitting is a particular favourite of ours - not only is it mathematical, but it's such a great skill to learn. We've combined science and knitting, and have some unique science themed knitting patterns for you to download and try yourself.

Stitch a solar system
MSF loves space. Check out or lovely knitting and crochet patterns full of spacey goodness (PDF 517kb).

Knitting microbes

It all started with our love of germs. Here's the pattern for knitted microbes (PDF 2.3MB), our most popular knitting patterns yet!

Here's a great article on the BBC about our science knitting.

Buzzy bees

In 2010 it was the International Year of Biodiversity and we celebrated by knitting bees. Here's the pattern for knitted bees (PDF MB)

Don't forget to send us some pictures of your creations, or upload them to Facebook or Flickr and we always welcome knitted gifts!

Science busking

Did you enjoy science busking at Manchester Science Festival? Try some science busking activities at home. You can find most of the resources in your own home, so download our guides and away you go!

Amazing marshmallows (PDF 258kb)

Straw oboes (PDF 236kb)

Fizz rockets (PDF 254kb)

Balancing corks (PDF 574kb)

Cackling cups (PDF 148kb)

Oven shelf (PDF 135kb)

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