In the Shadows (by Jen Chambers)

June 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Colorwork

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Have you discovered Shadow knitting yet?  It’s a lot of fun and makes for some interesting discussions with folks who see your project.

When viewed from the “normal” straight down angle, your knitting looks like a colorful ribbing project.   You can use any colors you wish, but contrasting colors work best.   Alternating colors every 2 rows.

The fun comes in when you change the angle of view.  Looking at a 45 degree angle at your project, and you’ll discover some clever knitting and purling! 

Found this great little book called Shadow Knitting by Vivian Hoxbro.    The book contains very nice detailed patterns for winged shawls, squared bags, a matching cap and scarf, vests, sweaters, and Japanese-style kimonos.  $14.93 on Amazon.

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One Response to “In the Shadows (by Jen Chambers)”
  1. Found a great video by Vickie Howell where she talks about changing colors during Illusion knitting (what you call Shadow knitting). It’s from her old show on DIY Network that was called Knitty Gritty. I loved that show and was really sad when they took it off the air. Learned so much from her.

    Also found some patterns (freebies):

    Wooly Thoughts website has an entire section devoted to Illusion knitting including a pattern (not free) for Girl with a Pearl Earring. (I think that one may be calling my name — do you hear it?)

    Best Regards,

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