©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2021

©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2021

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All illusion knits are equally easy, once you have the chart to work from. A complex portrait is no more difficult to knit than a simple square. It is merely bigger and takes a lot more time.

We are constantly challenging ourselves with new ideas in our charting. This page (Updated February 2014) aims to show a range of the things we have tried so far. Click a picture to go to a page with bigger pictures and more information.

Simple one-colour shape on a plain background

Showing different colours in different areas

Knitting in different directions

Showing three colours - light, dark and mixture

Mitred squares

Simple picture. Mainly in one colour on a dark background but with some shading

Complex design viewed from below

Complex design viewed from the side

Circular illusions

Colour effects

The panels look the same from the side but different when viewed from the front

Complex picture on changing background

Superimposed images

A dark background behind a shaded moon behind the witch

Changing the colour of the yarn

Multiple yarns used for intarsia technique

Complex design on mitred triangles

Variegated yarns used for both colours

Lettering inside other shapes

Knitted in the round

Traditional triangular shawl with geometric design that appears and disappears

Re-interpretation of Woolly Thoughts mathematical designs

Optical illusions