Illusion Knit - PDF pattern - Young Harry Potter

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When you look directly at illusion knitting you see only stripes. When you look from an angle the hidden picture is revealed.

This panel hides an image of a young Harry Potter. (We also have a pattern for a more mature Harry.) The pattern only includes instructions for the panel itself but you could easily incorporate it into an afghan or a very wide scarf.

The finished size of the panel shown is 83 cm x 30 cm (33” x 12”) and was knitted very tightly using DK yarns. Any thickness of yarn can be used. A thinner yarn would make it more suitable for a scarf.

The PDF pattern includes the chart at a small size, fitted on one page, and also at a larger size split into three sections to make it easier to follow. These are not conventional knitting charts. We have devised a new way of charting illusion knits which allows us to create far more complicated-looking designs than was previously possible.These complex designs are no more difficult to knit than the most basic illusion shapes.

One of the photos shows what you see when you look straight at the knitting; another shows Harry alongside Malfoy.

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 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!

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