Knitted Mathematics

Today, via a post about an obscure pattern in a Ravelry forum thread, I stumbled across Woolly Thoughts for the first time. In their own words:

We are designers of mathematical knitwear. Or perhaps we are mathematical designers of knitwear. Whatever you want to call us, many of our designs are simple geometric shapes combined to make elaborate patterns.

But that is not all that we do.

We are mathematicians at heart and so most of what we do has a mathematical basis.

I’ve always thought that there should be a way for me to combine my love of maths and knitting but never taken the time or effort to investigate and now I don’t have to, it’s all been done for me!

I love geometric designs, especially when there’s a particular mathematical thought behind them, so I was just blown away by their selection of throw patterns. I ended up buying the booklet for Double Vision, mainly thanks to the beautiful pictures of finished items. There are lots of other things on there, not just throws, so it’s worth taking some time to have a wander round the site. They don’t publish patterns as such, the booklets are more like guidelines, leaving plenty of room for your own interpretation.

Double Vision takes a lot of yarn so I’m unlikely to be knitting any of their other patterns any time soon, although there are a couple that I’m thinking would translate well to painted canvases to decorate our new flat and another couple that I’d love to make up as cushion covers. Apparently I’ve been well and truly inspired!

I also received a very friendly email from them along with the electronic delivery of my pattern, which given my recent ranting about customer service, was much appreciated.

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