How to use modular garter stitch shapes with 45, 90 ad 135 degree angles. Previous posts about making the shapes1. Knitting at MathsJam2. More Modular Knitting Now you know how to make the shapes, what can you do with them? You could make a small cushion or go on, as many people have, to make …

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# More Modular Knitting

In an earlier post I described what happens at a typical Woolly Thoughts workshop about modular knitting and why these foolproof methods work. Begin with a garter stitch square, knit diagonally: Make a slip knot Increase by knitting into the front and back of the loop Increase at the end of every row until you …

# Barbie Spirals

Barbie has lots of new knit and crochet spiral dresses. In maths there are very specific definitions for some kinds of spirals. You can find lots of information about mathematical spirals on the internet. Some of them refer to â€˜circling round a centre pointâ€™ but you will also find square, hexagonal and other shaped spirals. …

# Hyperbolic Barbie

Hyperbolic crochet has become very popular in recent years. It has been used world-wide in various coral reef projects. The world expert in the mathematics of this art is Daina Taimina. Our latest mathematical pattern for Barbie and friends is Hyperbolic Barbie. Hyperbolic geometry is quite complicated but you don’t need to understand it to …

# Carnival of Mathematics 175 – Sum Square Over The Rainbow

You might be wondering what a couple of knitters are doing hosting the Carnival of Mathematics. If you are not familiar with the methods we use to teach maths you might want to check out our main Woolly Thoughts site. It has got rather rambling over the last 20+ years. The Afghans page is a …

# Warrington’s Geometric Car Park

This week we decided to go to Warrington – and this was the view from inside the car park. I love all these different size hexagons. This is the outside of the car park. Unfortunately, it was in shadow. There is a lot of building going on in the town centre. We really went to …

# Take a fence

A friend recently posted a photo of his new garden fence. It prompted me to find some photos of our geometric fence. The house has this very small garden at the front and no garden at the back. When we moved in, over twenty years ago, there was a very old, rusted, fence sitting on …

# Sum Wear Over The Rainbow

Rainbows and circles for Barbie (and more). This is the latest pattern in the Sum Wear collection. It is a pattern for knitting three dresses, and a shawl. More importantly, it includes a mini-tutorial about knitting circles. The two dresses with long skirts have different tops. One is in garter stitch, the other is stocking …

# Four Corners

I think you would have to look at this for a very long time to work out what is unusual about the arrangement of squares. Scroll to the bottom of this post if you want to know now In July The Big Internet Math-Off 2019 took place. This was a semi-serious competition to find The …

# It was 25 years ago today …

… when the original Woolly Thoughts was published … and a lot has happened since then. It is very confusing because everything we do is called Woolly Thoughts but it was originally just this garish pink book. In 1994 we somehow persuaded Souvenir Press to publish a knitting book that had no colour in it …