When I posted these lichen photos to my flickr, Anna of Three Sneaky Bugs said she saw a knit flower. Her comment reminded me of a pattern I have for for an hyperbolic plane. To give you an idea of what the results will look like here is a flickr group with hyperbolic crochet. Here are some links to patterns for hyperbolic crochet. The Sydney Reef has free patterns. This is definitely a bunny trail, because you will find a whole interactive community. And Child”s Play just shared with me a link to the Ted talk about the Sydney Reef project. You will also find links to the Institute for Figuring. Why the Institute for Figuring? Because Dr. Daina Taimina, a Cornell mathematics researcher, first figured out how to represent the hyperbolic plane in crochet form. Nature, geometry, and art all in one place – pretty heady stuff. You can also find a free pattern at Lion Brand yarn, but you do need to sign into their site to access it. I’ll tell you right now I’m on the search for some lichen colored yarn to create my own nature inspired hyperbolic plane. If you still have any doubts about the possibilities – take a look at some more nature inspired and organic crochet.
1. new red spores brooch, 2. freeform, 3. Coral brooch, 4. close proximity, 5. Limited palette WIP, 6. Squiggly Curly Lariat, 7. yellow double spiral, 8. VII/ XVI, 9. Event Horizon, 10. Loose Ends, 11. Apricot Hyperbolic WIP – 6 – “The Dark Side”, 12. Freeform Crochet Scumbles