The Green Man Illusion by Steve Plummer
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The Green Man Illusion

February 2013
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The Green Man illusion knit is approximately 60 cm (24 inches) square, when knitted using DK yarn and 3mm needles, and has been designed to be viewed from the side. It was originally intended to be a wall hanging but could, just as well, form the centre for a bedspread or throw or even the centre back of a shawl.

Illusion knitting is very easy. Only one colour is used on each row. When you look straight at the knitting you see only stripes. The image is revealed when you look from an angle.

I used Stylecraft Special DK in Dark Brown and Meadow (one ball of each). Any thickness of yarn can be used though your finished piece may be a different size. 

The origins of the Green Man are obscure. Green Men symbols are found in many different cultures around the world, in religious and secular locations. They are sometimes known as foliate heads because they almost always incorporate foliage. A few heads depict women and animals.

The mysterious nature of the Green Man makes it an ideal subject for illusion knitting.

September 2013 Update
The pattern now includes an extra chart intended for tablet users but others may find it 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!