Knit and Stretch

What do earthquakes, robotics, and sweaters have in common? The answer lies with knitting—and how stretching a knitted material is rooted in mechanics.


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March-April 2019

Volume 107, Number 2
Page 106

DOI: 10.1511/2019.107.2.106

If you’ve ever done a PhD in physics, you’ll know that you usually begin by plowing through lots of background reading, learning how to use your laboratory’s equipment, and maybe even carrying out some provisional experiments. My PhD was a bit different. I started off watching YouTube videos to improve my needlework.

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