Monday, October 10, 2011

the magic number 6

In several previous posts, I've been calling 6 a magic number in crocheting round objects.  It wasn't until this past week that I finally understood where it came from.

I had told him that sc sts are basically square.  And, I was telling him that a person was having trouble with a hotpad pattern because of not making the "correct" number of increases per round.  He guessed that that number should be 6.  I asked him how he knew that, and he replied "simple math".  The circumference of a circle increases by  2 π  for each increase of 1 in radius -- and  2 π  is approximately 6.