Color and texture meet and mingle with startling results in the subtle, intriguing fabrics created by shadow (also called “illusion”) knitting. Stripes, garter stitch, and stockinette combine to create patterns that appear or vanish depending upon the angle of view–perfect for hiding secret messages in your work. We will not only learn the technique (including simple chart reading), but will also investigate methods for designing shadow patterns and play with creating our own charts for custom projects.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off
Supplies for Class:
Yarns: Two balls of smooth (non-fuzzy), worsted-weight yarn (for example: Cascade 220, Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted, or similar) in highly contrasting solid colorways. (Patterns will show up best in yarns with a round profile–look for yarns with 3 or more plies.) Needles: 1 circular needle, 24 inches, in a size appropriate to give a comfortable, firm gauge (such as would be appropriate for a warm scarf or hat) in the yarns selected. Notions: Notebook, pencils (not pens), and erasers for sketching and charting. Two or more 8.5x11 sheets of graph paper ruled in squares at 4 squares/inch. This paper is easily procured from shops or can be printed, free, at incompetech. com/graphpaper/square.html.