You may not know it but knitting is very popular, especially among adult women. According to the Craft Yarn Council, 29 million, or nearly one-fifth of American women knit, and they make up 70 percent of all knitters.
According to Prof. Gresalfi, founder of KnitLab, knitting and its cousin crochet, are activities inherently filled with “rich mathematical thinking and problem solving.” One of the objectives of the KnitLab is to raise awareness that knitting is math.
How can knitting be similar to math?
A mathematician, artist and lecturer at the Cornell University, Daina Taimiņa, used a crochet hook, bright crochets and visualized very complicated mathematical concepts were only understood by highly experienced mathematicians. Using crochets, Daina has created a new way of understanding hyperbolic planes and has created a simpler way for the students to master it. Why do we care about hyperbolic plane?
Triangles and Shawls
How can triangle shawls be constructed? They can be knitted sideways, bottom up, top down, and eventually include center panels.
If you ever dreamed of being a shawl designer, you can use geometry to help you. Seriously! Take a look at the picture below. You will see various patterns that can be used for shawls. Check out this website for more information. So don't hesitate and use math to knit your way to success!