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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Illusion Knitting

I have been wanting to try this for a while as I was intrigued as to how it worked and now I've tried it to be honest I still have no idea how or why it works but it looks really cool!!

The idea of illusion knitting is that when you look at it straight on you just see the stripes but when you look at it from an angle a picture or words emerge from the knitting.

I made a cushion for my brother for his birthday. His favourite musical is Les Miserables and after a quick search on Ravelry I found an illusion pattern that was perfect for it.

It didn't take too long to knit up once I had got into the swing of following the pattern.

This is what the front of the cushion looks like from straight on:

But when you look at it from below a recognisable image appears...

Pretty clever no?!

I decided to embroider some lyrics from the musical on the back of the cushion from the song Red and Black as it fitted in with the colour scheme of the cushion.

When it was made into a cushion it was harder to picture the illusion but it was still there!

 I definitely want to try more illusion knitting maybe on a scarf or something!