Hyperbolic plane, spring edition

Here is another picture of one of my crochet projects: a hyperbolic plane in fresh spring colours. It’s all curled up because it has a saddle shape everywhere, just like the blue hyperbolic plane I blogged about earlier. This one does not consist of regular triangles, however. It is basically a spiral of stitches, with every new round 3/2 times as long as the last.

frummel 1

frummel 2

On the picture on the right (click on it for a larger one) you can see how it all started: with a fairly small ring of maybe 20 stitches. At first, the whole thing was flat like a panckae (but with a hole in it), then it started to flare like a summer skirt or a stingray, and after a few more rounds it curled up into this fluffy ball.

If you like this sort of thing, check out the Institute for Figuring,

an educational organization dedicated to enhancing the public understanding of figures and figuring techniques. From the physics of snowflakes and the hyperbolic geometry of sea slugs, to the mathematics of paper folding and graphical models of the human mind, the Institute takes as its purview a complex ecology of figuring.

They have a People’s hyperbolic gallery and a Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef with lots of examples of mathematical handicraft like this.


  1. Wilfred

    I like the connection with the flaring summer skirt. :-P

  2. Yeah, I imagined I’d get response to that…

  3. Wilfred

    Yeah, but I see negatively curved manifolds often enough. Summer skirts otoh…

  4. aaaw, poor you…. that’s what you get from doing math all day ;-)

  5. I always enjoy these posts. My husband is a mathematician, and I’m a crocheter. It brings us together, heh.

  6. Thanks, that’s nice to hear!

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