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Where’s the bear?
The illusion bear is only there when you look at the blanket or cushion from an angle. When you look straight at the knitting you will see stripes and just the faintest shadow of a bear.
The first photo shows two blankets, for twins. The same colours are used but reversed.
The pattern includes two charts - one for the head and one for the whole bear. The head is exactly the same in both though it may not appear so in the photos because the cushion stretches and curves the head making it look bigger.
The blankets shown were knitted in DK yarn and measure 81 cm x 96 cm (32” x 38”). You can easily adjust the size of the blanket by adding, or subtracting, rows and stitches around the bear. The size will be different if you choose to use a different thickness of yarn.
The cushion was also knitted in DK and measures 40 cm (16”) square.
Illusion knitting is extremely easy to do. It only requires basic knit and purl stitches.
Some of the photographs show what you see when you look directly at the knitting.
Steve Plummer and Pat Ashforth are leading experts in illusion knitting, having revolutionised the charting methods so that you can create complex pictures from very simple patterns.
September 2013: All illusion patterns now include an extra chart intended for tablet users but others may also find them helpful. You can view 20 ridges at a time and always be able to see the numbers across the bottom of the chart. Never lose your place again!