Pattern – Atom

Atoms

Download this pattern as a pdf

See also the patterns for the bonds between atoms and the number and colours of atoms and bonds needed for each particle.

Our prototypes were made with bog-standard acrylic wool, and the atoms stuffed with a slightly shredded half of a plastic charity collection bag. These are the sorts of materials that will be burnt in the Incinerator. But really, anything that is weatherproof will be suitable.

If you are new to knitting, some of the codes below may be a mystery. But the internet is full of
marvels such as tutorials and knitting videos. It’s how we learnt i-cord.

kfb
*..*
k2tog
skpo
knit into the front an back of the stitch
repeat stitches in between
knit two together
slip stitch, knit next stitch, pass slip stitch over the knitted stitch
Wool
Needles
Tension
Double knit
3.75mm
26 stitches to 10cm

The atom will be approx 20 cm in circumference.

Pattern

Cast on 12 sts

r1
r2
r3
r4
r5
r6
r7-r18
r19
r20
r21
r22
knit
purl
kfb into each st (24 sts)
purl all
*k1, kfb* across row (36 sts)
cast on 1 st, purl across row, cast on 1 st at end (38 sts)
continue in stocking stitch for 12 rows starting with a knit row
k2tog, *k1, skpo* (25 sts)
purl
k2tog, *skpo* to last 3 sts, k1, k2tog (13 sts)
p1, *p3tog*

Cut yarn leaving a 20 cm tail.
Thread onto needle, thread through remaining stitches and pull tight.
Sew edges together, stuff atom, thread through casting on stitches and pull tight.
Knot tails together, thread onto needle and pass through atom, and cut so ends stay inside.