At first glance, these scarves appear to be decorated with beautiful, random patterns—but they’re actually made with unique mathematical algorithms. KnitYak founder Fabienne Serriere combined her love of math and knitting and is now seeking funding to buy an industrial knitting machine to create these gorgeous scarves.
When I started out modifying knitting machines it was because I wanted patterning that was beautifully non-repeating. I wanted something that looked great no matter how I draped it or wore it. To find algorithms that produce great knit patterns, I set out on a journey to find code that created images that look great “pixelly” as a knit. Knitting is made up of tiny “v”‘s, not square pixels, so that also played into the choice of algorithms. One of the algorithms I ended up loving was an elementary cellular automaton that generates great knit patterns which are non-repeating in some lengths, and yet not noise. …All of the scarves are provably unique; no one has the same scarf as you and I can prove it. KnitYak scarves ship with the specific code and generating key used to make the pattern on your scarf. There is something powerful about knowing the mathematics and code behind the pattern you are wearing.
See more pictures and the video after the break.
You can get your own scarf for pledges as low as $150 on Kickstarter with shipping expected in June of 2016.
(via Laughing Squid)