Knitting a recursive sweater

“Knitting is usually considered a female activity and females are usually not considered to be inclined to mathematics, or to science in general. Nevertheless mathematical skills are necessary for knitting, because they help to realize symmetries, inversions, scalings and proportions; good abstraction capabilities are indeed needed to figure the final result out and to map the idea of a pattern into a knitted form. Therefore, even illiterate women use mathematics while knitting, without knowing it.”

– explain authors Anna Bernasconi, Chiara Bodei and Linda Pagli of the Dipartimento di Informatica, Universit`a di Pisa, Italy.

Their paper, entitled: Knitting for Fun: A Recursive Sweater appears in : Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2007, Volume 4475/2007, 53-65,Knitting_and_computation

“Computer science, in particular algorithm theory, can suggest a lot of powerful tools that can be used both in descriptive and prescriptive ways and that apparently have not yet been used for creative knitting.”

They add:

“It could be also nice to organize, for educational purposes, an introduction to basic concepts of computer science completely based on knitting, obviously for women only!”

The paper may be read in full here:

Also see: Knitting Mathematics