Friday, November 4, 2011

Shadow Knitting

As it’s getting colder, I’m starting to think of winter accessories such as scarves. Several years back I made a couple of scarves using a fun technique called shadow knitting. I cannot remember where I found the pattern, so I cannot credit whoever thought these up, but they did make perfect scarves for Jacob.

By alternating rows of dark and light yarn, combined with knitting some stitches and purling others, you can produce a subtle pattern that appears and disappears depending on the angle from which it's viewed.

When you look at shadow knitting straight on it appears to just be some simple stripes.

But, when you view it from a different angle you can see aliens….

Or, skulls and cross bones.

Shadow knitting is just plain fun.


  1. ooooohhhh kinda creepy in a neat sort of way. I've never heard of this before. Didn't know you could do that. I'm impressed!

  2. I also had a pattern to make shadow hearts, but I don't think Jacob would have wanted a heart sweater.