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Squares That Look Round - Illusion

from Woolly Thoughts Illusion Knitting
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Squares That Look Round - Illusion
Squares That Look Round - Illusion
Squares That Look Round - Illusion
Squares That Look Round - Illusion

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Handling several balls of yarn in a row (Intarsia)

Pattern Description:

Two illusions in one!

The first illusion is created by using the illusion knitting technique so that you see squares when you look from a distance, stripes when you look closer, and circles when you look from an angle.

The second illusion comes from the perception of 25 different shades when the hanging only uses five different yarns. This effect is only seen when the piece is viewed from directly in front.

What you see varies according to the lighting. At times you can also see circles that appear to be embossed on the background. It is very difficult to capture all these effects on camera. The hanging needs to be seen in real-life to appreciate how much it changes.

The hanging in the photos was made using DK yarns and measures approximately 75 cm (30") square. Any smooth-ish yarns can be used. Using a thicker, or thinner yarn will change the overall size of the hanging. It uses five closely related colours but any five colours will work. They can be toning, or contrasting, depending on the effect you want to achieve.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 70 cm (28") square


  • 180 metres (200 yards) DK yarn in each of five colours
  • Extra for border
  • Needles smaller than usually recommended for your chosen yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch markers

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