Charlie à la Warhol by Steve Plummer

Charlie à la Warhol

November 2013
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An illusion knit inspired by Andy Warhol’s screen prints.

Four colours of yarn are used to create a wall-hanging that looks like four striped squares when you look from directly in front. When you look from the side four faces are revealed, each in a different colour.

The hanging shown in the photos used DK yarns on 3.25 mm needles and measures approximately 80 cm (32”) square. You can make it in any smooth yarn but the size may change according to the thickness you choose. It used about 250 metre (275 yards) of each colour.

In most illusion knitting you use one yarn to knit across and back then drop that yarn and knit the next ridge (two rows) with your second yarn. This one works in much the same way except that you knit across and back with the first yarn then, on the next ridge, you knit half way across with your first contrast colour and finish the row with the second contrast. It is much easier than any other kind of colour-work.

This one is slightly easier than our other Warhol illusion as the faces do not extend to the edge and it has large plain areas at each side.

Illusion knits are notoriously difficult to photograph. These photos are very dark but the illusion is much brighter in real life.

The face in the cushion is inspired by a different image, where Charlie is peeping round a wall. Using DK, the cushion is approximately 40 cm (16”) square.


  • You could use one of the sections from the wall-hanging to make a cushion.

  • You cannot simply repeat the cushion pattern four times to get a wall-hanging with four different coloured faces.