Illusion Squares in Squares by Steve Plummer

Illusion Squares in Squares

March 2010
DK (11 wpi) ?
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This design uses the same two colours as Directional Shadows so they may look similar at first glance. When you look straight at the squares you see only narrow stripes, going in different directions. Looking from an angle reveals a smaller square inside each of the squares. Some of these squares are yellow and some are green.

You will see different squares depending on where you stand. It is also different from Directional Shadows as the surround of each square appears to be a third colour that doesn’t really exist.

Each of the four small squares is worked individually, joining them together as you go.

You can use any thickness of yarn and the illusion will still work. The example shown was made in DK and used about 40 metres (45 yards) in each of the two colours. It is approximately 22 cm (9”) square. It is shown with a 2-ridge border.

The square could be used for an afghan block or a washcloth, or you can add on as many extra illusion squares as you want to create your own sweater or other garment.

This chart has been available on The World of Illusion Knitting web site for over five years. We have eventually got round to making a pdf version which can be downloaded direct from this page.