The illusion dinosaur is only there when you look at the blanket from an angle. When you look straight at the knitting you will see stripes and just the faintest shadow of the creature.
The pattern includes large and small charts so you can use whichever suits you best.
The blanket shown was knitted in DK yarn and measures 81 cm x 104 cm (32” x 44”). You can easily adjust the size of the blanket by adding, or subtracting, rows and stitches around the dinosaur. The size will be different if you choose to use a different thickness of yarn.
Illusion knitting is extremely easy to do. It only requires basic knit and purl stitches.
The first two photos shows what you see from an angle; the third photo shows what you see straight on.
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!