I have been fond of vintage textiles for a long time. One type in particular, used a lot of darker colored wools on a background of black. I have no explanation for why I like them. I just do.
So I decided to challenge myself to see if I could come up with an Illusion-style knit piece that would look like an old textile. It was a fun challenge for me. The first round resulted in the following face cloth, which is a necessary sample before converting the design to a larger piece.
Here’s what I came up with:
The photo below shows the face cloth from an obtuse angle. It looks like flowers and that was my goal.
Illusion-style knit designs look like stripes from a 90-degree angle and the images disappear as in the photo below.
I want to include a photo of the wrong/back side of the fabric. In the photo below, you can see the Illusion image, but the colors are reversed from the front.
If you want to try it, here is the link to the PDF file for the pattern: Grams Vintage Flowers Illusion Face Cloth
Errata: If you downloaded the pattern before 8/8/2011, the yarn color for line 63 was omitted and has been updated. Thanks to the knitter who spotted the mistake.
It’s noted in the pattern itself, but I should say here, that the vintage colorway my not be to every knitter’s liking, but the design would work for any number of colorways. Goodnight suggested red flowers on a green background might resemble the poppy field from the Wizard of Oz movie. She also suggested that gold on a green background would resemble the pot of marigolds I have on the dining room table.
So, I guess, pick your favorite flower and go from there. Or knit my vintage version!
If you like the face cloth and want to see the table runner – please see my next post.