Must-Have Geek Knitting Patterns

  • 01 of 04

    Doctor Who

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    The Spruce / Sarah E. White

    Knitting is somewhat of a geeky pursuit, and a lot of knitters happen to be people who are geeky in other ways, too (or have friends and love ones with geeky passions). From fans of science fiction and fantasy to computer geeks and beyond, there are a lot of ways to express your passion through knitting projects.

    When thinking of geek knitting, the first thing that comes to mind is the Doctor Who Scarf. This giant scarf was worn by Tom Baker during his incarnation of the Doctor and is a classic costume accessory. There's also a knee-high sock pattern, designed by Lesley Brownlee, based on the original colors, which is a lot of fun and might be faster than knitting a giant scarf.

    Other 'Doctor Who' Projects

    While the scarf is probably the essential knitting project for a Doctor Who fan, there are many others.

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  • 02 of 04


    firefly knitting patterns
    The Spruce / Sarah E. White

    Anyone who loves to knit and enjoyed the show "Firefly" will remember Jayne's Cunning Hat, a red, orange and yellow earflap hat with a pompom apparently made by the character's mom.

    There are lots of variations on this hat on Ravelry, including this one from Red Shirt Knitting (Erika Barcott), which keeps all the tattered splendor of the original.

    If you want something a little less obvious to show the world you're a big damn hero, try the Nod to Jayne Cobb Applique from Jennie Claver.

    If you're still bitter about the show being canceled way too soon, you might want to stitch up some Betrayal Mittens. Designed by Terese Sharp, they for some reason feature dinosaurs and the quote, "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal." It will run you about $5 for the pattern.

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  • 03 of 04

    Star Wars

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    The Spruce / Sarah E. White

    The essential bit of "Star Wars" knitting is the baby Yoda hat. This one is designed by Nancy Lutz, but there are lots of variations.

    Any real "Star Wars" fan could probably use a knit Death Star (designed by Nicole Kostelec) or even a lifesize R2D2 (Sarah Rudder).

    Try Jennifer Dickerson's Princess Leia Hat or knit a whole blanket of Star Wars symbols with Leah Fenton's charts.

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  • 04 of 04

    Harry Potter

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    The Spruce / Sarah E. White

    "Harry Potter" has inspired legions of knitters with actual knitting characters and tons of knitwear on the characters. Whole books and magazines of patterns have been devoted to the series. 

    Scarves are classic Harry Potter gear, and they changed through the years in the movies. Rachel Alexandra has a version from the later movies. Ravelry user nicomara has some cute Potter knee highs worked in House colors as well.

    Karen S. Lauger has fun colorwork socks for Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Gryffindor.

    You can also stitch Hermione and Ron finger puppets from Darlene Polishak.

    Add a house crest to any project with these charts from Alyssa Wilson-Petrella.