©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2017

©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2017

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MARILYN MONROE

The illusion is designed to be seen in the direction of the picture on the right. People often ask what you can see from the other side. As you can see, the picture is still recognisable but perhaps loses a little of the detail. Bear in mind that it is very difficult to take photos of illusion knits. They always look better in real life.


The design was inspired by Andy Warhol’s screen prints of Marilyn Monroe. It uses similar unusual colour combinations but cannot precisely recreate Warhol’s style as only two colours are used in each of the ‘prints’.


The cushion version (below) uses two colours and only one colour is used on each ridge of knitting. The wall-hanging uses four colours and sometimes has one colour on a ridge and sometimes two. If you look very closely at the photo below you may be able to see that yellow is in continuous stripes going down the right-hand side. It forms the background in the top quadrant and the face at the bottom. A similar thing happens with the green on the left.


The other photo below shows the four colours that were used. These might seem surprising when you look at the four squares you see by looking at the wall-hanging from directly in front.



The pattern includes the cushion, which is approximately 40 cm x 40 cm (16” x 16”) when knitted in DK yarn, and the wall-hanging which measures approximately 80 cm x 80 cm (32” x 32”). The four-colour version is slightly more difficult to make than some of our other illusions but still only requires fairly basic knitting skills.

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