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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 107

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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 107

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
It might not be the most practical cloth in the world, but it is pretty and fun to make.

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I'm not as bright as I sometimes claim to be. When I was working out the stitches needed for the theoretical smaller sister to my Bold and Blended Striped Wrap, the fact that I had an x squared and an x in the equation gave me a flicker of hope. I couldn't put my finger on why, however, and after trying to factorize the equation for a few minutes, and then trying to graph it, I gave up and just plugged in numbers until I found that 96 was the closest answer.

Well, it was a perfectly normal, quadratic equation, and I could have solved it outright if I had noticed it, and remembered to use the quadratic formula.

I don't know if this actually works, because I haven't knit a test yet. But, in theory, if you have a certain amount of yarn, in meters (let's call this Y), and you want to work this pattern with it, you should be able to take Y and multiply it by 54.49 stitches per meter of yarn (IF you are getting the exact same gauge as I was), divide the product of that by 2, and use the result as the c term in the formula: 2Xsquared + 22 X - c. When you solve for X, X is the number of stitches that are cast on with color 2. In this case, my rough guess for X gave me 96, and the actual answer is 96.9. I would still use 96, to be safer.

I wanted to experiment with changing the shape of the wrap, to make it more symmetrical. So, I cast on a few stitches with worsted-weight cotton yarn and turned out this week's pattern: The Alated Wash/Dish/Anycloth.

Alated means "with wings," and I would have just called it a cloth with wings, but that reminded me too much of feminine hygiene commercials.

With just a slight change in the second half, Alated is a version of the Bold and Blended Wrap that is almost perfectly symmetrical, with a small spine of garter stitch down the center.

Using a slightly altered version of the equation I gave you above, I've worked out a theory about how many stitches I should cast on to make a full-size, wrap version of Alated, using three skeins of yarn. I haven't had time to knit the prototype yet, and I'm deciding how to let the colors fall with three skeins, so stay tuned and I will keep you informed.

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I had a great time talking with Beth. We talked about a different Beth, jackets, log cabin knitting, and entrelac, among other things.

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