Get Your Geek On: 5 Patterns for Embracing Your Inner Geek
When I was a kid, being a geek was a bad thing. Geeks were the butt of jokes both at school and in movies and TV shows. They were nerds, dweebs, dorks, and totally uncool. Being smart was a somewhat acceptable form of geekiness, but if you liked sci-fi or Pokemon or pogs (remember pogs?!), forget it—you were permanently exiled from the “cool kids” club.
That’s why I’m so glad that these days, being a geek is a good thing. It’s not only okay to be smart, it’s encouraged. It’s cool to be into computers and video games. And everyone has a “geeky” thing they love, whether it’s Harry Potter or Doctor Who or Star Wars. Now people think you’re uncool if you don’t like one (or all!) of these “geeky” things! Knitting was also once seen as a totally uncool, dorky thing to do, but its resurgence over the past decade or so has landed it firmly in the cool kids club. We always knew knitting was awesome, but it’s great that now other people know it, too!
Today is Embrace Your Geekness Day, and although I don’t really go for these made-up holidays, I think this is one worth celebrating, especially because knitting and geeks go together so well! There’s a ton of “geeky” knitting out there, from patterns inspired by sci-fi shows to patterns based on mathematical equations. In honor of Embrace Your Geekness day, here are 5 of my favorite Interweave patterns to geek out to.
I know this is an entire magazine, not one pattern, but how could I choose just one of these fantastic projects? Harry Potter is my #1 geek thing—I fell in love with the series in high school and I’m still a big fan all these years later. I’d love to make everything in this issue, but Ginny’s Cardigan is my favorite. Or maybe the O.W.L. Mittens, or the Lestrange Cloak . . .
This scarf is the 2003 Knits team’s take on microbiologist June Oshiro’s DNA Scarf, which features a cable pattern based on the double helix found in DNA. The article in Interweave Knits Fall 2003 explains June’s inspiration for the scarf; the Knits team was so taken with the story—and the pattern—that each team member knit the scarf and put her own individual spin on it. Read the article on math- and science-inspired knitting, then make your own DNA Scarf!
Alice Tang’s Phi Cowl from Interweave Knits Spring 2016 is inspired by phi, or the golden ratio, which is the ratio between the width and sides of a pentagon. This ratio is evident in many geometric shapes and numbers in art and nature; for example, knitters often use the Fibonacci sequence to create stripes, and the ratio between adjacent Fibonacci numbers is phi. Cool, huh?
The Eclipse Top from knitscene Summer 2013 uses an eyelet pattern to give the illusion of little eclipses moving across the sweater’s front panel. Designer Hilary Smith Callis, a project scheduler for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infared Astronomy, drew inspiration from her awesome day job for this pullover (and her other space-themed projects in the issue). Make this top in time for this summer’s big eclipse, happening Aug. 21!
Not all geekery is about science and math—some is more literary. Heather Zoppetti’s Elegant Gloves from Jane Austen Knits 2013 are gorgeous and elegant and I absolutely adore them. I would love to wear these gloves while watching Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version, of course), sipping tea, and pretending I’m fancy.
What are your favorite geeky things? How do you incorporate them into your knitting? Let me know in the comments, then get out your light saber, turn on Game of Thrones, pretend your needles are wands, and get your geek on!
P.S. If you’re a crocheter, check out Crochetscene 2015, which features a whole story on geek crochet! Whether you love The Hunger Games or Doctor Who or just plain old science, you can find the crochet project of your geeky dreams in this issue.
Celebrate Embrace Your Geekness Day with Us!