Friday, November 13, 2009

The Physics of Knitting

The Lacy Baktus is knit as a triangle. The first half increases and the second half is all about decreasing.

I mentioned to a knitter friend that the knitting would be faster since I was on the decrease side. She screwed up her face and told me that this didn't make a bit of sense. Because the sides are mirror images, it would take the same amount of time to knit both.

OH? I guess this is logical and true--but it feels faster. There must be a formula out there to prove my theory.
Acceleration = 1/2 x 2 -number of output of stitches + eastern standard time x color of wool

Meanwhile, do you see what I see? Take another look.

One of the skeins appears to be not like the others. The color is more solid. It's probably that skein that was hiding in the back of the bin. I realize this should bother me--but it doesn't. I hadn't even noticed it until I took the picture of the baktus in a friend's very sunny apartment.

Work + energy = density + time x temperature outside - frogging it

stringplay said...

I completely agree that the second half will be much faster than the first regardless of math. Every row gets shorter and the more you finish the more you want to FINISH. I love the color and it is never going to be worn flat on the floor. That sneaky hidden skein wouldn't bother me a bit either.

minipurl said...

Ditto.....It does go faster.
Your scarf is a thing of beauty...perfect color, like the leaves on my red maple.

Iron Needles said...

Both are equally right! Equal amounts of time required. End of piece is approached more rapidly.

I am a scientist AND a knitter (even though those formulae are...new..to me).

Susan said...

I think the second half goes faster, too. Each row gets shorter so it must! Right?