Illusion Knitting Blanket

The illusion knitting method (or shadow knitting) is based on alternate double rows in two colors. The motif is formed in color 1 by the change from garter to stockinette stitch (and vice versa in color 2). The relief structure this creates is only visible when viewed from an angle.

Typographic Knitting: From Pixel to Pattern by Rüdiger Schlömer, published by Princeton Architectural Press

The illusion knitting method (or shadow knitting) is based on alternate double rows in two colors. The motif is formed in color 1 by the change from garter to stockinette stitch (and vice versa in color 2). The relief structure this creates is only visible when viewed from an angle.

With a little preparation, you can also knit pictorial motifs using this technique. You can find a tutorial showing you how to make your own knitting patterns online.

Font: Lÿno (Karl Nawrot & Radim Pesko)

Technique: Illusion Knitting, Stockinette and Garter Stitch

Materials: Lana Grossa Cool Wool Big (4.5-MM/US/UK 7 Needles)

Pattern: Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer

Photo: © Linda Suter

Pattern: © Rüdiger Schlömer

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