I did some more mathematical knitting for my new niece Kara!
For this blanket, I used the entrelac squares format I’d used in the prime factorization blankets, but the concept I’d used in the outliers scarves.
I took numbers from a normal distribution, using the generator at random.org.
Then I chose five colors in shades of pink, since we already knew Kara would be a girl.
For numbers in the middle of the curve (part of the bell), I used lighter colors. (z-scores of -0.5 to 0.5) For every half a z-score, I used a darker color. For the true outliers, numbers with a z-score bigger than 2 (or less than -2), I used the darkest color – but I added a sparkly silver thread.
This is to show that the outliers are what make life beautiful.
And aren’t we all outliers in some way or other?
I also distinguished between negative and positive numbers by using garter stitch for positive numbers and seed stitch for negative numbers.
It was a huge treat to try out the blanket with Kara. It wasn’t as big as I originally intended, but with random numbers I was able to stop when I decided it was done.
Kara’s big sister Zoe really enjoyed the blanket, too!