About to begin illusion knitting

I haven't done any illusion knitting yet, and recently I've been itching to put a certain video game character around me neck, so I thought I would combine the two and make a scarf. My question is this: do I need to stretch the image I'll be working on one way or another so it looks right after being converted into shadow knitting?

MMario's picture

The trick is to start with a

The trick is to start with a graphed pattern for KNITTING, rather then crochet or cross-stitch. The ratio of stiches to rows is different for knitting where cross stich and crochet are clser to 1:1

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I play a character who does.

Monoped's picture

I'm plotting an illusion

I'm plotting an illusion scarf for a friend & have found that the picture needs to be squashed as it will stretch when knitted up. If the image is top-bottom it'll be longer, if it's side-side it'll be fatter. I think it will also depend on the image you're using.

I haven't done any illusion

I haven't done any illusion knitting, but I've seen patterns for it. For the ones I've seen, there hasn't been any stretching of the pattern, but they've been mostly geometric designs. I would think the main reason for this is that the illusion is knit stretched out anyway (4 rows for 1 row of the pattern) and since you have to look at an angle to see the pattern anyway, that they pretty much cancel each other out.

You can try knitting a swatch with a simplified pattern on it to A) get used to the technique and B) check and see if you need to stretch the pattern at all.

Just my $.02