Tuesday, March 10, 2009

All 20 (Natural) Amino Acid Knitting Charts

I used my cabin fever to whip up knitting charts for all 20 natural amino acids. Enjoy!

Feel free to use these charts for your personal use, but they are not to be sold or reproduced on another web page. If you modify these charts, please still credit this page.

This this pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. This pattern is not to be replicated, sold or redistributed without permission from ChemKnits. © 2009 ChemKnits


  1. Haha!
    Thanks for these! I have a bunch of bio/chem people to make stuff for that this is perfect. These, and the other entry of molecules I'm about to go save. :)

  2. Do you knit entire proteins? How much time would that take?

  3. An entire protein would require a fairly large project. Many proteins that I deal with in lab have over 300 amino acids.

    I made a peptide beer cozy, but that only had 5 amino acids. www.chemknits.blogspot.com/2009/04/peptide-beer-cozy.html

    Protein structures are pretty, but it would be fairly compelx to knit one as a 3-D cartoon model, and even harder to do justice flat as a chart.

  4. Thanks so much for these. I will do something for the dietician I work with.

  5. Wow this is so fun!!
    I have to make something for my chemisty teacher using these

  6. All of the chemists I've given molecule themed knitting projects to have loved them, so I know that your gift would be well received!

  7. Out of curiosity how would you link them together into a protein so that they could be knitted? What would be the best way to show that?

    1. So I linked them to make a longer peptide with some rotation. I made a peptide beer cozy which features 5 of the amino acids, and have a generic pentapeptide chart where you can add your own R groups. I have drawn the amino acids so they go along a diagonal. If I were going to do a complete protein the designs would need a little finessing so everything would fit, but I think it could be nice spiraling around a tube scarf.

  8. Can you do one for Titin? or to give it its full name: http://www.sarahmcculloch.com/luminary-uprise/2009/longest-word/


    1. That would be a long scarf! The building blocks are all here, so you can go ahead and make. ;)

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