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Periodic Table Sweater

Posted by Avital Pinnick on February 28, 2018

Periodic Table Sweater

After nearly 20 years, I decided it was time to update the Periodic Table sweater. So here it is, with elements 111-118 included. It required 10 balls of blue Cascade 220 Superwash wool (8 blue, 1 purple, 1 cream). It took me about 3 weeks. I knitted the letters without charting, so some are not identical. The lines are intarsia and the letters are stranded. The body was knit in the round and the sleeves were steeked. Finishing the ends on the inside was a nightmare because the cream yarn was not carried all the way around in the first two rows. I see an error in the grid, which I will fix right away.

Periodic Table Sweater

25/365: Periodic Table Sweater

The original Periodic Table sweater was meant as a joke. First, the colours are really ugly because the yarn was a gift (Woolease, which wasn’t available in Israel at the time). One sleeve has names of bacteria and the other has names of fungi. Since no one ever showed much interest in the sleeves, I didn’t bother repeating the feat.

Periodic Table Sweater

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Periodic Table Sweater Goes Viral

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 15, 2009

My Periodic Table sweater has taken on a life of its own. It’s fascinating to see its lifecycle on the Web. By the way, not every one likes the sweater. I learned to ignore nasty comments.

As far as I can tell, this is the progress my sweater took:

1. Sister Diane of Craftypod tweeted it on August 10, 2009.

2. Rachel Hobson picked up the tweet and posted the sweater on Craftzine on August 11.

3. Neatorama picked it up on August 11 from Craftzine.

4. Cory Doctorow posted it to Boing Boing (even has its own verb, “boing-boinged”) on August 12.

From this point the chronology gets a little hazy…

4. German knitting forum on August 12.

5. Geekologie on August 13.

6. B3tq newsletter on August 14.

7. Friday Randomness on August 14.

8. Makezine on August 14.

9. Discover Magazine in September (not sure of date when the slideshow went live).

As of this morning that page had 15,900 hits and the Flickr photo, 382 hits.

Spawn of Periodic Table Sweater: The Shawl

I am truly grateful to Gilding the Silly for undertaking to complete the Periodic Table of the Elements on a shawl. I have to hang my head in shame and say that when I knitted the sweater years ago, in the days before Wikipedia, I had no idea that new elements had been discovered in the 1990s, so the last row of elements is incomplete. I had no desire to reknit the sweater, so I’m very glad that Gilding is doing just that, on a Bond knitting frame. She is working the plain stockinette fabric with stripes and duplicate-stitch embroidering the divider lines and letters. Also, she is working the Periodic Table sideways, which fits the dimensions much better. (That should make it easier to update IUPAC approves more elements!)

Periodic Table Shawl

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Periodic Table Sweater

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 5, 2009

Front of sweater:

Periodic Table Sweater

Back of sweater:

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