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The Scream Illusion

from Woolly Thoughts Illusion Knitting
(6) Name: 'Knitting : The Scream Illusion
The Scream Illusion
The Scream Illusion
The Scream Illusion

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl

Pattern Description:

The Scream, by Edvard Munch, is a rather disturbing picture both because of it's content and because of the style of painting. I have tried to capture that feeling in the pattern for this illusion knit.

If you work in DK yarn the finished size will be approximately 86cm (34") wide by 114cm (45") high. It takes approximately 800 metres of each of two contrasting colours of yarn. It can be made in any yarn but we do not recommend yarns thicker than DK because the finished piece would be very large.

When you look straight at illusion knitting you only see stripes. The picture is revealed when you look from an angle. The Scream is designed to be viewed from the side so the illusion could be used as a wall hanging or the centre for a bed cover. One of the photographs shows the piece when viewed from directly in front.

Illusion knitting (which is also known as shadow knitting) is very easy. It uses one yarn at a time and only basic knit and purl stitches. 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.

Steve Plummer and Pat Ashforth are leading experts in illusion knitting, having revolutionised the charting methods so that you can create complex pictures from very simple patterns.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 86 cm x 114 cm (34" x 45")


  • 800 metres (880 yards) DK, or thinner, in each of two colours
  • Extra required for border
  • Circular needle smaller than recommended for your chosen yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch markers

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