Where’s the bear?
The illusion bear is only there when you look at the blanket or cushion from an angle. When you look straight at the knitting you will see stripes and just the faintest shadow of a bear.
The pattern includes two charts, one for the whole bear and also a cushion with just the bear's head.The first photos show a pair of blankets knitted for twins using the same two colours but reversed.
They were knitted in DK yarn and measure approximately 80 cm x 100 cm (32” x 40”). You can easily adjust the size of the blanket by adding, or subtracting, rows and stitches around the bear. The size will be different if you choose to use a different thickness of yarn.
Amounts of yarn for blanket (if using DK):
- Approximately 600 metres (660 yards) light
- Approximately 500 metres (550 yards) dark DK
Amounts of yarn for one side of cushion (if using DK):
- Approximately 140 metres (155 yards) of each colour
The cushion measures 40 cm (16”) square.
Illusion knitting is extremely easy to do. It only requires basic knit and purl stitches.This was Steve Plummer's first illusion baby blanket design and it is still the most popular.