Knit Your Own
If you have read the what's going on with the math
page then you already know how to find out the number and size of color
groups that will be created by a perfect shuffle of any size. But to
figure out which color goes where the perfect shuffle must actually be
simulated. With this program you can play around with the number of
cards used and colors until you've designed a scarf you like and then
print out the pattern. Thank you to Brendan for writing this program.
A couple knitting tips you may want to consider before you start:
I have knit my scarves in rib stitch and suggest
that. That is when you for each stitch you alternate between knitting
and pearling. I suggest this because it will keep the ends from curling
and it because the scarf will look the same on both sides. I have also
crochet a border on the sides of my math scarves in order to hide the
ends from the frequent yarn color changes.
My other suggestion is to buy nice yarn. Nice yarn is
expensive so I sure understand wanting to by the cheaper stuff. Remember
scarves touch your skin. Make sure the yarn you choose will feel soft
on your skin. Knitting a scarf is an investment, it takes many hours, it
is something you plan to use for a long time. You don't want to put in
all that effort and then have a finished product that is not that nice
because you used yarn that is not that nice. Really its worth it to buy
the nice yarn.