As shocking as it may seem, searching the internet for a rotifer knitting pattern was not very successful. This meant I was on my own in figuring out a way to generate rotifers out of yarn. Challenge accepted! First up, the asexual rotifers, called the bdelloids. This type of rotifer was actually pretty easy to make because their shape is basically a tube. I used a microfiber grey yarn and size 5 double pointed needles to make my bdelloid.
|The bdelloid rotifer Adineta vaga. The head is in the bottom left corner, the foot is in the top right.|
|The yarn version...I think I got pretty close!|
|The monogonont rotifer, Brachionus calyciflorus. Clockwise from top: male, female, and egg that got smushed a little bit by the microscope slide.|
|The yarn monogonont. I really like how the cilia turned out on this one!|
So there you have it, folks: my nerdiest knitting project to date. If there are any suggestions for even nerdier projects, I'm all ears!