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This fascinating colour study can be used as a wall-hanging or blanket.
When you look directly at the knitting you see 81 squares. When you look from an angle you will see a small square inside each of the larger squares.
It uses nine different colours. The wall-hanging in the photo was made using DK yarn. Any type of yarn can be used, in any colours. Changing the yarn may result in a larger, or smaller piece. Mathematically, nine colours should give 45 different permutations so should show 45 shades. Because of the illusion technique this pattern actually shows 81 different shades.
The pattern includes instructions for two different construction methods:
* One-piece method - uses the intarsia technique. You will have ten yarns in use but only ever be working with one yarn across a particular block of stitches. There is no carrying of yarns. This gives a very smooth finish on back and front.
* Strip method - made in 9 strips which are stitched together. This is very easy knitting but the stitching needs to be done with care to ensure that the stripes stay lined up. One of the photos shows the back view for this method.
The pattern also includes instructions for changing the overall size in a variety of ways.
Steve Plummer and Pat Ashforth are leading experts in illusion knitting. Playing with colour effects in this way is one of their specialities.