# Arithmetic » What is the stream-of-consciousness notation (knitting)?

## What is the stream-of-consciousness-notation?

This will happen when you write all steps of your calculation together.

Example: 3 + 5 = 8 × 3 = 24

### Sometimes called knitting

Knitting is the English word for "breien", which is the name for it in the Netherlands.

## What is wrong?

The =-sign means 'is equal to'.

In the example above it says that 3 + 5 is equal to 8 × 3.

So 8 = 24. This is obviously incorrect.

## How should I write it down?

The best way is one calculation. It is fast, short and clear.

(3 + 5) × 3 = 24.

If you find that still difficult, you can also write it in two seperate steps.

3 + 5 = 8 8 × 3 = 24.