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Mona Lisa Illusion

from Woolly Thoughts Illusion Knitting
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Mona Lisa Illusion
Mona Lisa Illusion
Mona Lisa Illusion

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl

Pattern Description:

Knit your very own Mona Lisa. She is even more enigmatic than the original because she disappears completely.

Look at the knitted picture from directly in front and you will see only stripes. Look at it from the side and you will see her reappear.

The knitted panel could be used as a wall-hanging, or part of a bed-covering. The pattern includes information to help you understand how illusion knitting works. It has charts in various sizes, including one specially for tablet use, so you can use whichever you find most convenient. (It does not give details about how to incorporate the illusion into a completed item.)

The knitting is very easy though it requires concentration and accurate counting. If you can knit and purl you can make this.

The panel is 270 stitches wide. The size will depend on the yarn you choose and how tightly you knit. The version shown measures about 114 cm by 86 cm.

Photographs cannot convey the WOW factor of illusion knits. Follow the link to our web site to see a video though it is still nowhere near as good as seeing the real thing.

Steve Plummer and Pat Ashforth are world experts in Illusion Knitting.

**The hanging shown in the photos has now been acquired by Ripley's Believe It or Not! The pattern is still available for everyone.**


  • 800 metres (880 yards) DK yarn in each of two colours
  • Other yarns can be used
  • Circular needle smaller than usually recommended for your chosen yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch markers

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