Monday, 15 December 2014

How To Crochet a Hypercube Tesseract - Yarn Scrap Friday

Ok, so a fourth spatial dimensional shape may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are crocheting, but nothing like a challenge I say, when my husband joked with me I could crochet anything. 

So what is a fourth dimensional hypercube I don't hear you ask? Well, if you look at the diagrams below, it is the next spatial dimension up from a cube and yes, we are getting into the realms of parallel universes, space travel and unicorns, but when we show the hypercube in its two dimensional form, that is, showing it on paper as it were as seen below, it makes a rather pretty pattern called a tesseract, and that is where I started my design.






If you look closely you can see the two cubes within the hypercube and perhaps even more cubes if you look closely. I say spatial dimension because it is often thought by physicists that the fourth dimension is actually time, but without frying my own brain on astrophysics and ringing up Stephen Hawking I shall swiftly move on to the pattern in hand.

My video tutorial can be watched here for this pattern;


Materials Required

- You can use any yarn and hook size suitable for the yarn you are using that you like, but choose at least three to four different colours so you can see the pattern clearly
- Yarn needle and scissors

Step 1 [Main Star]
In colour 1, ch5, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop, crochet 10sc into loop, sl st in 1st sc to join - (10)

Step 2
Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st (underneath ch), *2sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in ch1 to join - (20)

Step 3
Ch1, 2sc in next st, *1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in ch1 to join - (30)

Step 4
Ch1, 1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, *1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in ch1 to join - (40)

Step 5
*Ch6, sl st in 2nd st from hook, 1sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next ch, sk4 sts on main circle, sl st in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st-ing into ch1 instead at end and joining colour 2 as you do. You should have eight star points.

Step 6 [Squares x8]
TURN and crocheting along edge of star point, crochet 1sc in next 5 sts to point - (5)

Step 7
*Ch1 (dont count as st here or onwards), TURN, 1sc in 1st st and in ea st along to end of row, sl st into ch of opposite star point, sl st in next ch up, TURN, 1sc in 1st st and in ea st along to end of row* repeat from * to * once more, fasten off and tie in all tails.

Step 8
*Re-join yarn in 1st ch of ch6 of next star point (in crevice between two points), repeat steps 6 and 7 for next square* repeat from * to * until you have completed eight squares between all star points. Tie in all tails to save time later.

Step 9 [Diamonds x8]
*With RS facing, join colour 3 in top of one of your squares, at the point, with ch1, 1sc in next st, hdc in next st, 1dc in next 2 sts, (you should be working down the side with proper sts), 1dc in top of star point, now crochet as neatly as you can as you don't have proper sts to work in to with 2dc, 1hdc, 1sc, 1 sl st neatly up edge of next square to end - (11)

Step 10
TURN (do not ch1), sk sl st, 1sc in next st and 1sc across to last st, sl st in ch1 - (10)

Step 11
TURN, sk sl st, sc2tog, 1sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog - (7)

Step 12
TURN, 1sc in 1st st and in ea st along to end of row - (7)

Step 13
TURN, sc2tog, 1sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog - (5)

Step 14
TURN, 1sc in 1st st and in ea st along to end of row - (5)

Step 15
TURN, sc2tog, 1sc in next st, sc2tog - (3)

Step 16
TURN, 1sc in 1st st and in ea st along to end of row - (3)

Step 17
TURN, sc3tog - (1)* Fasten off and tie in all tails. Repeat from * to * until you have eight diamonds between each set of two squares. Tie in all tails to save time later.

Step 18 [Finishing Edge]
With RS facing, join colour 1 or 4 in top of diamond with ch1, *then neatly as you can, as you don't have proper sts to work in to, crochet [1sc, 1dc, 3tr, 1dtr] down diamond edge, 1dtr in point of square, [1dtr, 3tr, 1dc, 1sc, 1sl st] up opposite diamond edge* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in ch1 to join. Fasten off and tie in all tails.

And now you're done! Any questions or for more free patterns join me on my various social media channels.

    

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