Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Math for Knitters

Fibonacci Sequence

What is a Fibonacci sequence?  How do knitters use it?  Check it out.  This site gives you insight into those striping patterns that look complex yet pleasing to the eye.  How do they do that?  It's really not that hard!


Fibonacci sequence:  A mathematical sequence consists of a series of numbers, usually starting at 0 or 1, all of which are derived from preceding ones according to formal rules. In other words, no matter where you are in the sequence you ought to be able to deduce what the following number should be.


For example: here are the first 5 numbers generated from the sequence, This is the sequence:

Start with a 0 and a 1 (you won't knit a zero (0) row (!), really.

(0 and) 1, so really:






just keep going...


 Math for Craft Design

Have you ever wanted to create an attractively spaced stripe, or tried to calculate how long an item should be once you've gotten the width figured out? If so, you've come to the right place.


There are three mathematical concepts shown on this website which can be extremely helpful when designing a new pattern. Don't let the math part scare you off.

Fibonacci Numbers

Lucas Numbers

The Golden Ratio

Knitty Gritty Fibonacci Knitting DIY Network

The Home of Mathematical Knitting

Math for all fiber arts including knitting.  An amazing number of links.


Knitting Calculators

These web based tools work out pesky knitting math for you.  Brought to you by the Knitting Fiend


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