Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Illusion Scarf, my way

Someone thought this scarf said dor-v.... :O) It actually reads the name of the motorcycle hubby used to own, by Harley, called the V-Rod. We still have the scarf, though.
Well, I watched Knitty Gritty's show on Illusion Knitting (another word for Shadow Knitting) a long while back and decided to give it a try.
I downloaded some knitter's graph paper with a grid of 70x120. After charting my design, I realized I only needed the grid to be 40 wide. The design seemed simple enough...once I got the understanding down. The smaller letters took up 56 rows each with the letter 'V' taking 109 rows.
What helped was having the book Shadow Knitting by Vivian Hoxbro.
With Cascade 220 in black and one in a dark orange, I started my project. I used size US 6 24" circulars and cast on 40 stitches, in black, over both needle tips held together using the long-tail method (my all-time favorite cast-on). With very little time into it, I found myself ripping back because I lost my concentration. This is soooo much like lace knitting! There should be 'No interruptions!'
Needless to say, I have lots of time into this and had to make very good notes. It turned out great at 8.5" wide by 49" long.
Even with all the 'frogging' throughout the whole process, I enjoyed seeing the letters 'pop!' When you look at the scarf straight on, you only see stripes. Then when you look at it at an angle, like in the picture, you see the magic!!
After I finish the ever increasing project list, I want to make another (designed by me) scarf.


Scarlett said...

I have seen some of those, yours is cool. It would be very wicked to have a Harry Potter scarf with this technique.

BTW, thanks to all your help with the sock. I really appreciate it.

Scarlett said...

Thanks for such kind words on my blog and of course you can link to me, I need to adjust my blogroll to reflect yours, will get to updating up Sunday. I got some new to add and some old boring ones to take off.

Kat said...

What a fun scarf!! I've only done a small cloth with shadow knitting, but it sure was fun.

It looks like an excellent size, too!

Opal said...

Great scarf! I did a few illusion scarves for Christmas and they did take some concentration, but it was well worth the effort.

kshotz said...

This is SOOOO awesome! I've watched that Knitty Gritty 3 or 4 times and I want to try doing the're inspiring me to give it a go!

Wish me luck!