Guest Post: Math Lovin’

Today’s guest post comes from Katie Canavan, a Holla Knits designer who blogs and crafty businesses at Under the Red Umbrella. You saw pics of her finished sample here. And she is a math geek! Who knew?!

I’ve always loved math. I was totally one of those geeks in high school who was on the accelerated track, took AP Calculus, and tested out of college math. Completely. Because, although I loved math, I chose art, and you didn’t need calculus for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Katie Getting Her Math On

So I’ll admit – I geeked out a bit over the math of designing of a knitting pattern. There’s geometry in all sorts of design, but only in knitting does math really play a huge roll. I made diagrams and calculated stitches and increases based on gauge. I even busted out the ole TI-83 graphing calculator to crunch the numbers for different sizes based on percentages and gauge. I was thisclose to using the quadratic equation! (ok, maybe not…)

It's Going to be CUTE!

I guess that’s why I love knitting. It combines logical elements of math with the more emotional side of art, and I thrive on both.

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