Illusion knitting

I just finished an illusion knit scarf as a gift for a skull-loving friend. This was the first time I’ve tried an illusion knit, also known as shadow knitting. It’s just knit and purl stitches!

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Illusion knitting is so named because when the piece is seen straight-on, the design is mostly hidden.

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But viewed at an angle, the image reveals itself!

I love how this turned out! The free pattern, Mark’s Skull Illusion Scarf, can be downloaded from Ravelry here. My pattern notes are here.

I wanted to include a hat, so I used another free Ravelry pattern, Shortrows Sideways Hat (downloadable from Ravelry here).

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It was close enough to match the stripes of the scarf, I think. I topped it with a pom pom. My project notes are here.

I think he’ll be pleasantly surprised by this cool knitting technique!

Have you tried illusion knitting?

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