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Crocheted hyperbolic models

  1. Feb 19, 2006 #1

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    I was just reading a very cool article called "Knit Theory" in the March issue of Discover magazine. Mathematician Daina Taimina came up with the very clever idea of representing hyperbolic geometric forms as crocheted models.

    The idea was born out of necessity when she went to teach a class on hyperbolic geometry at Cornell, and the classroom model for a hyperbolic plane was a very fragile and shopworn creation which had been fashioned by taping together thin paper strips. "So I spent the summer crocheting a classroom set of hyperbolic forms," she said.

    Here are some samples of her work on display at The Institute for Figuring:
    http://theiff.org/oexhibits/05b.html

    These are particularly interesting to me because I have constructed several similar looking objects by "happy accident" when I was learning to crochet!:smile:
     
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  3. Feb 20, 2006 #2

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    To be honest, I fell about laughing!
    But I had to call my wife in, and she thought it was wonderful. (Like I thought she would :smile: )
    It is also a remarkably accurate copy of what the computer simulation provoded.
    My wife also felt that your "happy accidents" were no doubt the result of an intensely creative urge within you trying to express itself.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2006 #3
    My mom loves to knit and crochet and I think she saw this in a crocheting magazine a while ago and made me one.. it's pretty cool it still seems pretty fragile though even made of yarn.
     
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    I am definitely going to try out the hyperbolic plane pattern that was on the site. Maybe I'll turn one into a ruffle for a collar or something.
     
  6. Feb 23, 2006 #5
    That's awesome! I might finally find the motivation to pick up crocheting again. Now if I can just figure out how to translate these into knitting patterns I'll be set.
     
  7. Feb 27, 2006 #6

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    I remember in the article she said that it would be difficult to knit these rather than crochet. I guess it's because with crochet method you start with a small chain and work outward making concentric rows and increasing the stitches as you go out. I am not sure how to do that with knitting, but then again, I have never been able to knit anything more complex than a scarf!

    However, I found a couple of other cool projects for you, Jeff. Here's a knitted mobius strip and ooh! a Klein bottle!:cool:
     
  8. Mar 2, 2006 #7
    I'd seen someone working on the klein bottle before. She was making a stocking cap out of one. That's an interesting way of doing the mobius strip. I would've just knitted a narrow strip, twisted it, and kitchnered the ends together. I think I may have found the motivation to pick my needles back up!
     
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