Summer’s here and the time is right


Pattern: Hyperbolic Pseudosphere Scrubbie by Timary Peterson
Yarn: Pisgah Peaches & Creme (100% cotton), colorway Yellow
Hook: U.S. G/4.0 mm


Pattern: A Practically Hyperbolic Dishcloth by Deborah Ellis
Yarn: Pisgah Peaches & Creme (100% cotton), colorways Yellow and Red
Hook: U.S. G/4.0 mm

Every crafting assignment these days feels like an opportunity to learn something new. When the call went out from Cady Gray’s school for items for a spa basket to be auctioned, I immediately thought, “Let me try something different in crochet, then.”


I read an article about hyperbolic geometry and the way some mathematicians had found a way to model them in crochet. And then I found a couple of patterns on Ravelry. Coincidentally, they could be seen through squinted eyesight as spa items. I made a circle and then I increased steadily as the work spiraled outward. And what occurred were these elegant, crenellated folds, the item not getting any bigger it seemed, but only getting more complexly layered.


For the cloth, the increases are more gradual — making three stitches into four, rather than making one into two. What results is a floral ruffle of sorts, the shape made when a record is warped in the oven, expanding and curving away from itself at every point. In the hand it is surprisingly satisfying, conforming to your shape by tucking itself around your fingers and palm. I hope their users get a sudden flash of geometry as they wash or dry or exfoliate — a glimpse of a non-Euclidean space, a peek into a universe that almost exists.

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2 Comments on “Summer’s here and the time is right”

  1. Leah Says:

    What lovely writing!

  2. […] friend Ali e-mailed me after seeing this a few months ago. “Love that yellow,” she said. “Any chance you’d make me a […]

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