Geometry lesson

Here’s the thing:

When I start to think about designing without the help of my Knitware Sweater Design software (which, I love, incidentally), I get all in a twist about the math. Not the how-to-match-gauge-to-inches math, but the stuff that starts to look like integral calculus.

Say you want to design a wrap sweater. So you need a back, sleeves and two fronts. But do the fronts look like the triangle on the right or the one on the left? And what are consequences of this choice? Getting the numbers on the sides is easy. But how do you figure the angle and number of decreases to get the neckline and hypotenuse you want? And, yes, I should be thinking about deadlines and not about hypotenuses.


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