When you look directly at illusion knitting you see only stripes. When you look from an angle the hidden picture is revealed.
This shawl hides a picture of Hagrid based on the character from the J.K.Rowling Harry Potter books. The fringe continues his long and straggly beard.
Although the design shown is a shawl it could easily be changed to be a centre piece for an afghan or bedspread or as a panel on a wall hanging.
The PDF pattern includes charts and full instructions for knitting the shawl.
The shawl in the photos was knitted in DK (Double Knitting) yarn. It is about 55" wide, excluding the fringe. Any yarn can be used though a thicker, or thinner, yarn would change the overall size of the shawl.
One of the photos shows what you see when you look straight at the knitting; others show the shawl used as a wall-hanging.
Illusion knitting (which is also known as shadow knitting) is very easy. It uses one yarn at a time and only basic knit and purl stitches.
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.