Monday, April 30, 2012

Crocheting for Peace

It all started when I stumbled across a pattern for a crocheted peace sign. I thought that it was an interesting idea, and I had to try it out. But I wasn't pleased with my results.

I followed the directions exactly. But this doesn't look quite right. I ripped out and redid the thing several times, but this is as good as it got. So, I decided to tweak the pattern a bit.  

Better, but not quite there. The three prongs at the bottom seem to be too far down.  

I put the pattern aside. I didn't like the proportions of what I got. But I couldn't leave it alone forever. I thought about it and wondered if there was some way I could make it work.  

I examined the peace sign. I read somewhere (not on Wikipedia, but that's easier to find), that the symbol stands for "nuclear disarmament" using N & D in semaphore (which fits from what I remember of semaphore from Girl Scouts). 

Then came some calculations. How could I get the N of the peace sign to the right angle? How long should that D line be? The second question was the easiest. Once I knew how big I was going to make the circle, then it was just a matter of using the formula for circumference to figure out how long the diameter should be.  

(Who says we'll never use that stuff again? The formula for circumference is C=πd. I choose C. π is approximately 3. Then d is easy to find.)  

After some thought and math, I came up with a different plan.  

Not quite. It's a little lopsided. Some of that might be my lack of crochet skills, but I played with it a bit more.  

And I'm done. For now.  

What do you think? Should I keep at it? Or should I give up this idea as unworkable? I'm wavering.  


  1. What if you blocked the piece into the right shape?

  2. The orange ones are an improvement. I guess the patterns aren't as accurate as one would like. I can't believe you found an actual use for math. You should remember this if a student ever complains about how useless it is. Keep at it :)


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