Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects
edited by sarah-marie belcastro and Carolyn Yackel

Welcome! Our book is published by AK Peters. AK Peters (now part of CRC Press) has their own page for the book, and it's listed on,,, Schoolhouse Press, and Magers&Quinn (Mpls). (Not in the US? It's available at bookdepository UK, transatlanticpublishers, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Kinokuniya (Japan), and in India (FriendsOfBooks), India (Flipkart), Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Germany, and Australia.)
Here is the WorldCat/OCLC entry.
(P.S. We have a second book in the works.)

So, what is in the book? Every chapter (except for the introduction) has four sections. First, there's an overview intended for both crafters and mathematicians, so it should be understandable to mathematicians who don't know anything about crafting and also for crafters who don't know anything about mathematics. Then, there's a section of detailed mathematics which is intended for mathematicians. All of the authors have made an effort to include basic information so that mathematical enthusiasts who are not professional mathematicians can follow the bulk of the material. The third section of each chapter contains teaching ideas, and these range from elementary-school level to graduate level. Finally, every chapter has a project, with instructions written for and tested by crafters.
Below is a list of chapter titles, authors, types of mathematics, and projects. There is an index with both mathematics and craft terms, and the usual acknowledgements, credits, table of contents, and such.

Introduction by sarah-marie belcastro and Carolyn Yackel
surveys of mathematics and mathematics education research in fiber arts, thoughts on future work, and a comprehensive bibliography

Quilted Möbius Band by Amy F. Szczepanski (here too)
topology, graph theory / project: two quilted Möbius bands

Picking Up Stitches and Diophantine Equations by Lana Holden
number theory / project: knitted hat (ravelry pattern page)

The Sierpinski Variations: Self-Similar Crochet by D. Jacob Wildstrom
fractals / project: crocheted shawl (ravelry pattern page)

Only two knit stitches can create a torus by sarah-marie belcastro
combinatorics, topology / project: knitted torus (ravelry pattern page)

Symmetry Patterns in Cross Stitch by Mary D. Shepherd
geometry, group theory / project: cross-stitched pillow

Socks with Algebraic Structure by Carolyn Yackel
group theory, number theory / project: knitted socks (ravelry pattern page)

Fortunatus's Purse by Susan Goldstine
topology, graph theory / project: sewn Fortunatus's purse

(K)Not Cables, Braids by sarah-marie belcastro, Amy F. Szczepanski (here too), and Carolyn Yackel
group theory, topology / project: knitted cabled pillow (ravelry pattern page)

The graph theory of blackwork embroidery by Joshua Holden
graph theory / project: blackwork embroidery motif

Stop Those Pants! by sarah-marie belcastro and Carolyn Yackel
geometry / project: knitted baby pants (customizable version of the pattern freely available at the Wolfram Demonstrations Project) (ravelry pattern page)

Media Mentions of Making Mathematics with Needlework

Review by Lucille Boone for the San Jose Public Library, January 2012
Review by jahr
for the European Mathematical Society, October 2011
Book Review
, by Terry and Frances Mills, Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, 36(2) (2009), pp. 137–138.
Review in Cool Stuff!, by Kate Atherley, Spring 2009 Knitty
Book Review, by Katja Hülbusch, Mathematische Semesterberichte, Vol. 56, No. 1, March 2009, pp. 141–142.
Book Review, by Keith Johnson, CMS Notes, 40 (7) Nov. 2008, p. 6.
Peer Review: On the Shelf, The University of Chicago Magazine, 100 (6), Jul/Aug '08.
Book Review, by Gwen Fisher, Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, vol. 2, No. 2, June 2008, pp. 101--103.
Book Review: Picking Up Stitches, by Anna Lena Phillips, American Scientist, Vol. 96, May/June 2008 p. 259.
Move Over String Theory, It’s Yarn’s Turn, by Stuart Fox, scienceline, May 28, 2008.
Mathematical Reviews 2008j, by John H. Ewing and Janice Ewing, MR2368415 (.pdf, from AKPeters).
Review in Fiber Crafts, by Jan Zlendich, Library Journal, April 15, 2008.
Book Review, Science News, 3/15/2008, Vol. 173 Issue 11, p. 175.
Book Review, SciTech Book News, Vol. 32, No. 1, March 2008, p. 179.
Book Review, Lime&Violet podcast Episode 54, March 2008.
Book Review, Alison Cross, London Mathematical Society Newsletter, No. 367, February 2008.
PBS Teachers: Math: Recommended Books
Book Review: Math in a Material World, Michelle Sipics, SIAM News, December 2007.
Ready, Set, Knit! WEBS podcast Show 55 (.mp3 from feedburner) with Kathy Elkins, November 2007.
Knit Science podcast Episode 6, April 28, 2007 (dicussion of Lana Holden's work starts around minute 24).