Geek Crafts

Thanks so much to Danielle Holke from Knithacker who is joining us at Whipup today. Danielle is a digital provocateur for money by day, a resin-based jewellery maker by night and the curator of 24/7 – because the knitting never stops!

The best thing about has to be all the fascinating and curious food-inspired “knithacks” I come across. For your reference, I consider a “knithack” any non-traditional knitting or crochet (felted items count too) – could be two patterns mashed together or a project that uses fiber to make something not usually made with fiber, e.g. this knitted thyroid by Ben Cuevas.

Since launching 2008, a week has not gone by without one or two funny and inspired food-related knithacks. Here are my favourite six … with a bonus pattern at the end! It was hard to choose – there are so many good ones!

“skelly fish” Made and shared by nettness.

Presenting the … “choinkwich” Made and shared by alicia954

sushi! mmmm… Made and shared by Claire Soderstrom.

packaged ham and sausage. Made and shared by Originally uploaded and made by s.casper

it’s a threefer! Made and shared by Yummy Pancake (aka Denise Ferguson).

mini banana – free pattern! pattern by Ken of alterknit universe fame

Thanks for reading, it’s an honor to be guest blogging today. Hope you’ll join me at for more daily hacks and fiber madness.


Thanks Tracey for sending in this link to mostly nerdy crochet and this free crochet pattern to make Zoidberg from Futurama.


Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share by Ken Denmead. Gotham (2010)

As the wife of a geeky man, and mother of some pretty geeky kids, I was really excited and intrigued by this book. My husband loves to do science and electronics projects with the kids, often involving fire, and explosives (with all the safety precautions I assure you!), so I was interested to see whether he and the kids would go for this book.

First thing I noticed about this book is that the projects are non-prescriptive, they are for people who are used to thinking outside the box and making it up as they go along (and because this is a book for geek dads, there is a forum and website where you can share ideas and projects from the book). For example, to make your own board game there is no ‘pattern’ or strict ‘how-to’ do it my way, instead, Ken goes through the process of how and why, giving various options and ideas on how to develop the idea further, but with plenty of examples and lots of helpful hints, this process of developing your board game will be a fun experiment that who knows where it will lead.

I know everyone in my family will love the electronic projects, like electronic origami, the geek wreath and cyborg jack-o-lantern. There are some mad-science cooking experiments, balloon camera and night time kites, obstacle courses and even the science behind compost! We will be having a lot of fun with this book over the holidays – hope you do too!

[PS. Ken Denmead is the editor of the GeekDad blog on, and has his own website where you can find out more about him, listen to podcasts and watch geeky dad type videos]


bring out the geek in you and knit and crochet some of these fun, silly and strange patterns.

Math + science

binary scarf (image}
dna scarf
babies first dna model
knitted bacteria
math geek hat
linux scarf
linux mittens
Lorenz Manifold – ravelry link
knitted dice

sci-fi / popular culture

startrek potholders (image)
knitted darlek
R2D2 Beanie
space invaders socks BMP
Baby yoda hat [ravelry link]
mario brothers mushrooms
Magnetic Katamari Pattern
super mario toy
knitted tardis
space invaders hat
tardis socks [ravelry link]
wonder woman sweater
aviator hat
spiderman afghan
Doctor who (Tom Baker) Scarf
blue totoro toy
Transformers toque
dalek doily [ravelry] chart


for all the geek crafters out there – knitted pacman pattern.

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