Don't be frightened by the title . This is a very quick and easy crochet project and it's uses are only limited by your imagination. This is the polypore that inspired this little project.
This is what you will make using a small amount of grey wool, and off white and white crochet cotton. You will need two crochet hooks , one for the wool and a smaller one for the cotton. If you know me I don't get fixated on the sizes of hooks. Whatever works for the materials you are using is the right size.
Starting with your grey wool and larger crochet hook make a chain of 6 stitches. Make a single crochet in each chain for the first row. The pattern will be achieved by increasing the number of stitches in each row. It is really simply a doubling of the number of stitches in each row. Since we are starting with 6 stitches the sequence for six rows would be 6, 12, 24, 48, 96, 192. So starting with row 2 you make 2 single crochet in each stitch . At the end of the second row you will have 12 stitches. At the end of the third row you will have 24, and so on and so on until you have 192 at the end of the sixth row. I dare you to count them :). When you hear people talking about hyperbolic crochet this is what they are talking about. This method of increasing causes the material to fold in waves and is really quite beautiful and amazing. I had better not get side tracked. Now switch to your off white crochet cotton and smaller hook and crochet 2 plain rows with no increases. Switch to your white crochet cotton and make one row to complete your project. Sew in all your loose threads with a yarn or tapestry needle. Admire your mathematical crochet genius. Bend and fold it and see all the different forms it can take. The next step is optional. I soaked mine in some boiling hot soapy water to soften the wool and felt it a little. I left it by the sink at my mom's home on the weekend and when my eldest daughter went into the kitchen she called out " Why is there a hair scrunchie in the measuring cup?" I replied it isn't a hair scrunchie it is a polypore. To which her response was "Huh!!!".
I don't have time to discuss the funny conversation I had with my mom when she asked what I was crocheting . The cats were happy to see me last evening and they were trying to get in the pictures again. Isn't it sweet how edgar's tail matches the polypore.
This object makes a great brooch for your fall sweater , coat or purse if you want to wear it. I will have a few other surprises for you this week so check back later.