This can be a very subtle illusion if you use two variegated yarns. Two solid colours would make it more obvious.
The shawl is an interesting construction as it consists of two back-to-back mitred triangles. The honeycomb design is reflected at centre back and in the centre of each triangle. Because the mitred triangles make the ridges of knitting run in various directions the shawl looks different from every angle. Sometimes you only see stripes; sometimes you see a mixture of stripes and honeycomb; occasionally you see all honeycomb.
This is not much more difficult to make than our other illusion designs. Because of the symmetry and ever-decreasing triangles, the charting is slightly different from our usual charts. We would recommend that you familiarise yourself with our methods before you try this one. There are lots of samples to try on our World of Illusion Knitting
The shawl in the photos was made using DK yarns and measures approximately 140 cm (56”) across, excluding the border. Approximately 400 metres (440 yards)) of yarn in each of two contrasting colours was used for the main body of the shawl, extra is required for the border. Using different yarn would make it bigger or smaller.
- You will need a circular needle to hold the large number of stitches at the start of each triangle.
- The triangles begin with a temporary cast on, which is essential to maintain the symmetry.