Crochet Design

My Hyperbolic Crochet Dialect

I am trying really hard to understand the geometrical language even though my brain is not wired like that. I thought I had understood it, but I seem to have developed my very own dialect.

IMG_6992smallI am working a ruffle scarf and thought a model of the Hyperbolic Plane would be ideal for it, but I did not want it to be too rigid so I grabbed some Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn in (Shade S150) on which size 2 to 2.5 mm hooks are recommended. I decided to give it a go on hook 5, just to see how far I could stretch the yarn without it collapsing. As it turned out, the yarn could be worked on that size hook, but it is definitely stretched to the limit. I have also introduced different stitches to soften the fabric but managed not loosing the bounce. The Ruffle Scarf in the picture has not yet been washed and that test will be the ultimate test of the bounce in the yarn.

I am not entirely happy with the finished result yet, so I am currently refining the pattern. That part of developing a pattern is so exiting, getting the yarn and the hook and the mind as well as the hands to work in unison is such and exiting challenge, the question is if my tongue will speak the right language or at least the right dialect too…


The Hyperbolic Language

I’m a linguist. I am not a mathematician. Not at all. But somehow I have managed to grasp the principle behind the manifestation of hyperbolic shapes – that’s geometry!!! I put it down to the fact that I understand yarn and crochet hooks really well and with a good dollop of help from the very linguistically astute Institute of Figuring I can figure what I am supposed to do to make the right shapes. It’s just that I don’t understand the mathematical formula behind, but that doesn’t really matter, does it?

IMG_6924smallThis is a hyperbolically ruffled Noro Sock Yarn neck-thingy in progress and I love it. I saw that ruffles are very much in vogue on the cat walk this winter and the hyperbolic shape is just that. The Noro Sock Yarn makes nice colour variation and it’s soft too. As I work, the ideas are coming fast and furious and I already now know that only one or two will ever make it onto the hook.

To me the art of making the yarn speak for itself is one of the biggest challenges. I’m not sure how a mathematician would make that happen but we linguists, we talk to our yarn all the time and find our way in unison with the yarn and form a nice result…