Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories (I’m not making this up, I swear!) have posted the pattern to a beautiful cross-stitch scarf bearing SETI’s Arecibo message that the organization beamed into space on November 16th, 1974.

Arecibo message

The message contains:

  1. The numbers one (1) through ten (10)
  2. The atomic numbers of the elements hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and phosphorus, which make up deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
  3. The formulas for the sugars and bases in the nucleotides of DNA
  4. The number of nucleotides in DNA, and a graphic of the double helix structure of DNA
  5. A graphic figure of a human, the dimension (physical height) of an average man, and the human population of Earth
  6. A graphic of the Solar System
  7. A graphic of the Arecibo radio telescope and the dimension (the physical diameter) of the transmitting antenna dish

It’s lovely!  The design would also make a great shirt or minister’s stole (if you go to a church like mine).  Hopefully some enterprising soul will convert it to a knitting pattern.

Get all the patern details at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.

Find out more about the Arecibo Message.

PS.  If you make this scarf, be sure to send me a picture.  I’ll be happy to add it to the (upcoming) photo gallery.