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The last level of interest is what I wish to discuss in this post, and not necessarily only about the Commurnity Reef Project, but that crocheters are working in a mathematical craft.
No need for math anxiety though - there will not be a test at the end of this post. *smiles*
Hyperbolic crochet are advanced mathematical concepts being applied to make something beautiful. But my guess is that very few of us think about how crochet is mathematics, even at its most basic form.
I tell you to crochet me a scarf. I want it made of shell stitches with 2 double crochet at both ends to frame in the design. I want my scarf to be roughly 6 inches wide. How would you know how many to chain for the foundation?
I want you to crochet me a hat with a starting circle of 8 stitches. You need to increase over every row as you would a normal hat. How many stitches will you increase each row by as you work? How would you know?
You have an existing pattern but you want to make it wider or taller. How do you know how much more to add?
You got it.... mathematics.
We, as crocheters, use mathematics every time we pick up the hook. For those of you who follow patterns, you are working against someone else's calculations. For a person who wishes to adventure into designing your own patterns - you are working with mathematics, even if you aren't aware.
See - nothing to be scared of here. I didn't ask you once to figure out any of the problems presented, but if you want to just for funsies, you can post your answers in the comments box *chuckles*