Illusion Knit - PDF pattern - The Three Graces

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This is my biggest and most complex illusion design to date. That doesn’t mean it is more difficult to knit. It is just big and takes a long time. It has 300 stitches and 247 ridges (494 rows) of knitting.

The illusion is based on The Three Graces, by Peter Paul Rubens. The original painting, which is now in Museo del Prado, Madrid, was painted around 1630.

The three Greek goddesses are Euphrosyne, Thalia and Aglaea and were referred to as The Charities in Greek mythology. They are usually said to the daughters of Zeus and his third bride Eurynome though some legends link them to other parents.

You can use any weight of yarn but I would recommend using something fairly fine or the finished piece will be enormous. I used King Cole Big Value 4 ply in Opal and Cream at a gauge of about 6 stitches to the inch. I used approximately 900 metres (1000 yards) of each colour with extra for the border.

The finished hanging is about 110 cm (44”) by 132 cm (52”). Using a slightly thicker yarn would make it the ideal size for being a bed-covering.

The pattern has various versions of the chart, including one intended for tablet users, to make it as easy as possible for you to make this without ever losing your place.

When you look straight at the knitting you only see stripes; the picture is revealed when you look from the side. Photographs do not do justice to illusion knits. They need to be seen in real life to be believed. You can see some videos on the World of Illusion Knitting web site.

** Steve Plummer and Pat Ashforth are world experts in Illusion Knitting and have devised a new way of charting illusion knits to allow far more complicated-looking designs than was previously possible.These complex designs are no more difficult to knit than the most basic illusion shapes.

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