Making Math with Yarn

Filed under: Knitting,Patterns,Weirdness — Alicia @ June 7, 2008

This won’t be a surprise to geeky knitter and crocheters, but it seems that some scientists are using knitting and crocheting to help illustrate scientific concepts:

New math tricks: knitting and crocheting. Yarn work helping to provide answers to wide range of math problems (via TechKnitting)

In Ravelry I belong to the GeekCraft group. They have a wonderful list of geeky projects, which include some mathematically based projects like:

  • The Binary Hat: a stripped hat that spells words in binary by using a color for 0 and another for 1.
  • Perfect Shuffle Scarf: it uses the principles of in-shuffle to create a stripped pattern.
  • ReCycle: a moebius headband

Yarn and science…. Yum!

1 Comment

  1. Yum is right! I truly don’t understand why people get freaked out by the math. Math is our friend!

    I’m (in the back of my brain, in my spare (ha!) time, trying to figure out a way to relate the Pythagorean theorem to knitting. That makes music related to knitting (by the transitive property). Everybody loves music, but not everyone understands Fibonacci.

    Comment by misstea — June 8, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

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