A sweet treat with no calories…unless you plan to add ice cream.

Who says math can’t be fun?! I’m a geek at heart and love using nerdy numbers as inspiration for my designs.

## Did You Know?

This scarf uses the 1^{st }nine digits of pi (3.14159265) to determine the size of each color block. It works from both ends – the main color progresses from one end, the contrasting color progresses from the other end. The scarf ends up with a symmetrical number of rows/blocks but with the colors reversed. Adding in more geekiness, the stitch pattern is a wavy ripple – just like a sine curve.

Other than keeping track of the number of rows in each block (and the biggest one is only 9 rows), the stitch pattern is repetitive enough to watch TV or carry on a conversation. Also, there is no need to stitch along the long edges – the stitch pattern gives a nice solid end to the rows.

Make one for Pi Day (March 14 – you know, 3-1-4), for yourself or as a gift for your favorite nerd or geek. Want to keep your inner geek hidden? The stripes look random, so unless you point the pattern out, it can be our little secret.

## How Does it Work?

Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It is written as the equation.

The circumference of a circle is the measurement around its outer edge.

The diameter of a circle is the width of the circle. It’s the distance from one edge to the other when measured straight through the center.

No matter what the size of the circle, Pi is the same! It is also what mathematicians called an irrational number – one that can’t be expressed by a simple fraction. They call this type of number an “infinity decimal” because after the decimal point the digits go on forever.

The first 100 digits are: 3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164 06286 20899 86280 34825 34211 7067

Rajveer Meena of India holds the Guinness World record for memorizing and reciting the most digits of Pi – 70,000! He wore a blindfold throughout the entire 10 hour session at the VIT University, Vellore, India on March 21, 2015. I’ve read that computer programmers have calculated the value of Pi to more than 22 trillion digits!

Lots of people like to have fun with Pi. In addition to memorizing digits of Pi, and having a party on Pi Day (eating pie, of course), a style of writing has been developed, called Pilish. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Pilish is a style of writing where the lengths of consecutive words match the digits of Pi. Sir James Hopwood Jeans OM FRS (11 September 1877 – 16 September 1946), English physicist, astronomer and mathematician, is credited with one of the earliest well-known examples:

How I need a drink, alcoholic in nature, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics!

There are 3 letters in the first word, 1 letter in the second, 4 letters in the next word, continuing through the first fifteen digits of the number Pi. Pilish was used in a full length novel by Michael Keith called *Not a Wake *published by Vinculum Press in 2010 – it works through 10,000 digits!

Pi has been known for thousands of years. References to the ratio of the circumference to diameter of a circle has been found on a Babylonian tablet from in the period 1900-1680 B.C.E., the Egyptian Rhind Papyrus of 1650 B.C.E., and in calculations by Archimedes (287-212 B.C.E.). The symbol was first used in 1706 by the British mathematician William Jones. Using the symbol became popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

## Yarn

timiQuipa(100% Baby Alpaca Sport Weight; 164 yds [150 m]/1.76oz [50 gr]): Color # 75230 Peach (MC), 1 ball; Color # 7207 Tan (CC), 1 ball.

## Hook

Size H-8 (5.00mm) hook

Size 7 (4.5mm) hook

*Or size needed to obtain gauge*

## Gauge

23 sts and 7 rows = 4″ [10cm] in patt unblocked

16 sts and 6 rows = 4″ [10cm] in patt blocked

## Size

5 x 41″ (13 x 104 cm) unblocked

7 x 50” (18 x 127 cm) blocked

## Notions

Tapestry needle.

## Abbreviations

See our standard abbreviations.

## About the Designer: Margo Bauman

Artistic crafts have always been a huge part of Margo’s life. As a young child, she learned to crochet from her Grandmother. She has also spent time doing embroidery, needlepoint, sewing, craft painting, candle making, braiding, card making, origami, photography, and book folding.

While she spent some time working on crochet projects while growing up and in college while studying Engineering, she didn’t devote much time to it until the 2000s. Since then, she has crocheted MILES of yarn. She has won a considerable number of awards for her exceptional crochet work.

Margo (aka flyingflower on Ravelry) started writing crochet patterns in 2015. Her very first pattern was a Crochet Awards (aka the Flamies) Judges Nominee.

She is a member of New View Fiber Works – Home of the Fuzzy Farmers (a women’s cooperative of fiber enthusiasts in Southern Maryland), and the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA).

Margo is also part of the national juried Artists in Action 2020 at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center, Solomons, MD, utilizing their studio space to create new artwork, network with other artists, and share the creative process with visitors.

Margo spends most days living the philosophy: Eat. Sleep. Crochet. Repeat.

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