Saturday, 29 January 2011

Challenge 52 - Week 4

This week's challenge is Hyperbolic Crochet.
Hyperbolic crochet has it heart in maths, I tried to read up on the maths side of it, and the origins of hyperbolic space ... but i'll stick to the crochet! Corals, flatworms and anemones have a hyperbolic geometric structure - so do ballerinas' tutus and hair scrunchies! Mathematicians were trying to work out a way of making models of these structures with limited success, then in 1997 Margaret Wertheim discovered that crochet was the ideal technique to do this.
Image: © Crafts Council

I saw a hyperbolic crochet reef at a textile show at the NEC in Birmingham a couple of years ago and it was amazing, then just before Christmas I was introduced to the idea again by Tracey from Top Cat's Corner. I had planned to have a go then, but was busy making presents, so hence this weeks challenge ...

By the end of the week I hope to have produce a sample piece of Hyperbolic Crochet.

Find out more information here if you are interested:-

The Craft Council UK Hyperbolic Crochet Reef is at Salisbury Art Centre until 26th February 2011.
Image: © BBC


  1. I love hyperbolic crochet too! I have made several items with hyperbolic trims and made my friend a scarf the Christmas before last. I also have a teeny bit of coral in the coral reef!! It was so fun to be part of it. Good luck with your attempts!

  2. Hyperbolic crochet is what really got me wanting to learn how to hook! I love how complex and organic it looks... must remember to photograph and blog the pieces I've made! Great blog post!

  3. Wow! I can feel my crochet hooks twitching in anticipation! Really looking forward to what you come up with!