Karen Little

Date: April 26, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: ICT 616

Title: Awesome Reversible Knitting
Abstract: Reversible Knitting is a specialized branch of knitting focussed on creating fabric that looks beautiful on both sides, lies flat and doesn’t curl, and has a wonderful hand feel and texture. It is technically intriguing, creatively satisfying, and practically flexible!
This talk will provide applications of math in reversible knitting, touching on a variety of concepts including topology, notation, sets, balance and duality, tiling and geometry, rotational symmetry and translation, flat vs circular vs möbius knitting, gauging and ratios, and even physics!
Starting with the two fundamental knitting stitches, Knits and Purls, we will explore reversible knitting definitions, the fascinating Möbius knitting and end with the “reversiblest” stitch pattern known.
Although no physical knitting experience is required or provided, I will supplement the talk with a selection of knitted fabrics as examples of each concept.