Sunday, 10 January 2010

Knit a Neuron

Welcome to the Knit a Neuron blog. Here you can find out all about the project and who's behind it, along with knitting and crochet patterns.

Knit a Neuron is a collaborative, knitting, art project. We want you to pick up your needles and hooks to creates hundreds of woolly brain cells. We'll sew them all together to create a fabulous brainy artwork. Once it's done, the woolly brain will go on tour to raise funds for the Head Injury Therapy Endowment Fund and will have a permanent home in the University of Bristol's brain imaging centre, CRIC (Clinical Research Imaging Centre) opening later this year.

Want to make your very own brain cell? Follow the two-needle, four-needle or crochet instructions, make a brain cell and send it in!

These are great patterns as they don't use much yarn, size and gauge aren't critical and they can be any colour you like. Go on, dive into the stash and get the hooks out.

Once you've made a neuron (or three!) send it in to
Dr Anne Cooke
Bristol Neuroscience
University of Bristol
Bristol, BS8 4PJ


  1. Great idea Helen, can we see a picture of a completed neuron? Cheers, UnderPars

  2. I've put some pictures up today.

  3. This is a great idea! I am a Librarian in Ohio, USA (obviously), and I specialize in Early Literacy. We talk with parents of children under the age of 6 about how the brain develops and the importance of being the child's first teacher. We talk about brain cells and dendrites all the time, although we don't always explain much of the science for fear of scaring off our low-literacy parents. I am definitely going to be knitting some of these neurons to motivate staff, if for no other reason. I love them! Thanks so much for posting patterns.