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The science of knitting - the mathematics of knot theory

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Knitting and crochet are so much more than 'just' a hobby - they can be incredibly powerful tools for science and mathematics.

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TOP 10 Blog Posts on Knitting and Crochet

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It is time to celebrate some of our favourite blog posts. The topics range from the connection between knitting & crochet and science and mathematics, to art, culture, political activism and mental health. Plus find some of our most popular "How to" posts in one convenient location!

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Fibre art and mathematics - a love relationship

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It fascinates me how traditional crafts such as knitting and crochet have now become highly useful tools for our understanding of science and mathematics. Knitting actually involves a fair bit of arithmetic, from counting stitches, calculating the gauge of your tension square (that is the number of stitches and rows required to knit a 10cm square for a particular yarn), adapting a pattern to match your gauge, and if you choose to work a pattern with a different yarn than recommended in your pattern, you will need to work out just how many balls of yarn you need for your project. But the relationship goes beyond simple counting and calculations....

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Crochet, Coral Reefs and Complex Mathematics

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Tune in to ABC online if you haven't heard this recent episode of the Science Show.  The Science Show program broadcast on Saturday 16 July 2016 featured the amazing story of twin sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim. A few years ago, they started working on a crochet of a single coral. The project evolved, was picked up by various museums around the world and is now part of a world-wide project that engages communities and draws attention to the threats to reefs from climate change.  Margaret Wertheim is a scientist and science writer, and she uses crochet as a way to bring complex...

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