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©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2014

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SQUARE TO ETERNITY

This was our first illusion design. It was based on a mathematical design we have often used before.

Illusion knitting stripes are closer to garter stitch than they are to stocking stitch. Garter stitch ridges and stitches form a square grid and, in our experience, a design on a square grid works much better for illusion knitting than a normal stocking stitch (intarsia) grid.

We used our Square to Eternity design, overlaid it with a square grid and turned it into an illusion chart (as described in Charting Basics)
In illusion knitting, the stripes are in two colours and each stripe is made up of two rows. The right side of every stripe is knit, whichever colour is being used. You can completely forget about the right side rows as they are always plain knit.

All the action takes place on the second row of the stripe (which is the wrong side of the work). You only need a chart for the wrong side rows. On the chart, white stitches are purl, coloured stitches are knit, using the colour for the stripe you are working.

In this example the background was green and the design was to stand out in black. The green shows on the chart as light grey; the black is shown in black. (We use Light and Dark  for most of our designs as they can then be printed by any printer.)

The photo below left shows the design when you stand back and look at it. The photo on the right shows what you see when you look straight at the design. It is possible to make out a very feint outline of the black squares, if you look very carefully, but the overall effect is of narrow stripes.
To knit this design
Using Dark, cast on 64 stitches. This is not shown on the chart.
Ridge 1 (Light) :  Knit the first row. For the second row follow the chart, from left to right, knitting  light grey stitches and purling white stitches.
The chart shows k31, p2, k31
Ridge 2 (Dark) : Knit the first row. For the second row follow the chart, from left to right, knitting black stitches and purling white stitches.
The chart shows p31, k2, p31
Ridge 3 (Light) : Knit the first row.  For the second row follow the chart, from left to right, knitting  light grey stitches and purling white stitches.
The chart shows  k29, p6, k29
Ridge 4 (Dark) : Knit the first row. For the second row follow the chart, from left to right, knitting black stitches and purling white stitches.
The chart shows  p29, k6, p29

Continue in this way until you reach the top of the chart. Cast off, using Dark if you wish to match the bottom edge.
The square could be used as a block in an afghan, with others arranged in the same orientation, or rotated through 90 degrees. It could also be a cushion, the side of a bag, the back of a sweater or many other things.
Click chart for larger version