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« on: September 21, 2007 01:31:57 PM »


This is just amazing!  I wish that I could knit well enough to do this.

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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2007 01:44:20 PM »

Illusion knitting is easy! You need to be able to knit and purl, that's it. It takes a little while to figure out how to write the pattern if you don't have a pre made one, but after that it's all downhill.

The way illusion knitting works:

You'll always alternate between two colours, the background and the foreground colour. The first row of every colour is knit (so every other row is just knitted straight) and the second has alternating knitted and purled stitches to make the pattern.

If you want just the background colour to show you knit the first row in the background colour, then knit the second row too. That way you get raised stitches on the right side of the fabric. Next you switch to the foreground colour and knit one row. The next row is purled and that creates a smooth surface. If you look at the four rows from the side the raised stitches in the background colour will conceal the foreground colour and you get a stripe that has the background colour.

If a background stitch (on the second row) is purled, the corresponding foreground stitch will be knitted.

I know this wasn't the best description, but you shouldn't be afraid to try illusion knitting. It's easy and fun.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2007 12:09:51 AM »

I agree.... it's easy. I'm not that great at knitting but I just did one pattern repeat this evening...

I didn't follow the chart but the typed instructions and it really was easy Cheesy I'm not sure if I'm going to have enough yarn (of these colors...) to finish it as I just wanted to try it out but now, I'm hooked on illusion knitting  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2007 03:56:52 AM »

oooo i can only do plain knitting lol .. n cant cast on or off hehe but my mum is a FANTASTIC knitter so i took my laptop to her and showed her the page and said can u do this ... guess wat she said yes wooo now to get sum wool ... hmm and im thikin i'll get it black n white too ..

we r in spring in aus now but spring nights can be cool ... and with the strange weather we have been havin any ways we can revert back to a winter like day in a second lol ... so will have me mum knittin by the end of the week hehe

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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2007 10:07:37 AM »

Leppardess, your scarf looks fantastic!    Cool

Annchen, thanks for the advice! Smiley

I happen to be working on the same pattern for my swap partner.  This is the first time I've done illusion knitting.  I agree, it is quite an easy knit. 

Here's my progress so far:

The scarf face (image barely there)

And TA-DA! (There it is -- Crossbones!) 

I'm using no. 10 ndls and Plymouth yarn baby alpaca in black and red.  The red is in darker in real life, not Fire-engine red like in the picture.


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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2007 01:10:27 PM »

((((((((((((((gizmonic))))))))))))))))) Thanks *hugs* Cheesy Yours looks awesome!! Love the colors!! Cheesy

I restarted mine so I know that I'll have enough yarn (was using Red Heart Soft Yarn, now I'm using Simply Soft). I might have been able to just continue on, tying on the SS to the RHSY but the RHSY is slightly thicker than the SS so...
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2007 10:56:02 AM »

Im in the process on finishing mine!  Everyone thinks im such a great knitter.  Sometimes I'll even tell them its only the 3 basic knitting steps, but most times i wont tell them and let them think im magic.

(To The Tune of "The Llama Song")Here's a needle, there's a needle, and some yarn between the needles, cast on, knit, purl, always knitting, knitty, knitty, purl.

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