But that assumes that order counts -- pink/purple/green/orange is counted separately from purple/orange/pink/green. I wasn't that fanatical. I had to look up the "combination formula" I really needed: n(n-1)...(n-x-1) / x(x-1)...(x-(x-1)) -- 8x7x6x5 / 4x3x2x1 = 1,680/24 = 70. A much more manageable number.
But who was I kidding? There wasn't nearly enough yarn. So after the fun but pointless math, I simply organized the squares I did have into matching pairs, where the two together had all eight colors, and for the unpaired ones I crocheted matching squares with the unused colors. The result was sixteen squares, which will make a nice pillow top someday:
I also crocheted a couple of ornaments in my favorite color combinations, from patterns designed by Annoo and the Lazy Hobby Hopper:
|Mine are lumpier than the originals|
*I'm most certainly using the terminology and symbolism wrong.