Introduction: The Pirate's Secret Scarf

My wife knitted this as a gift for our eldest son.

The pattern is created as a combination of knits and purls (she says), and revealed by using alternating bands of contrasting shades (in this case, two rows of white and two rows of black). The knits and purls raise and lower the surface to hide or reveal the colours behind.

My wife is overly modest about these things, but I got 'twixt mother and child to make this quick video and show off her skills. All credit goes to her - knitting is a mystery to me, but I will pass on any comments and questions you have.

She found the pattern at Ysolda.com, but used it backwards to turn the skull over at the other end of the scarf (otherwise only one image would have been upright when the scarf is worn)

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canderson5 made it! (author)2011-11-13

i am so excited! when i found this i had no idea that something like that could be done with knitting, this is actually my first project. i am almost done with the first skull (15 rows to go) and i was wondering if you could tell me about how many rows were knitted between the 2 skulls, i have never made a scarf nor have i ever owned one so i wasn't sure about the length.

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2011-11-13

Kitewife is out at work right now, but I know that her main criteria for the length of a scarf is "when it feels right" - keep knitting and trying on every so often until the length feels right. It really depends on how you like to wear it (wrapped round several times? Knotted?).

In the case of this scarf, keep going until it feels almost long enough, and then add the other pattern.

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canderson5 made it! (author)canderson52011-11-17

thanks, for the tip, it is about 4 feet now, and it feels a little over half way now, hope i have enough yarn to finish it though

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2011-11-18

Good luck!

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Cooldeal made it! (author)2011-07-10

I'm ordering some Alpaca wool and getting my mom to make it.

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2011-07-10

Cool - maybe you could post images of the finished scarf?

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ashbirdlady made it! (author)2008-10-29

Nice scarf! I went to look at the web page for the pattern. Neither link works. Great little video. love it! Christa

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-10-29

Er... Oh! Sorry, they're broken for me as well, and I don't think she kept a copy of the pattern.

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-10-29

You can make a start here, though.

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ashbirdlady made it! (author)ashbirdlady2008-10-29

Thank you! Christa

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-11-03
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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-11-03

Just in case it breaks, I've knocked up a quick PDF file. Please remember that Ysolda.com holds all copyright, though.

Skull Illusion Scarf.pdf
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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2008-11-03

*Cringes* No matter how many times I hear you say it, it still sounds so very wrong...

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Typogoddess made it! (author)Typogoddess2009-06-18

lol i know.... poor pdf......

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Capt. Fat made it! (author)2009-02-20

nice! Was it hard to do?I might get some one to make me one

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2009-02-20

Personally, knitting is about as simple as writing Mandarin Chinese. With no brush. Or ink. Or paper.

However, it is apparently quite simple as long as you pay attention to the pattern.

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___ made it! (author)2009-02-07

Cool!

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bezoard made it! (author)2008-03-24

Woooow! Thank you!

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luvsgr8danes made it! (author)2008-02-04

I love it! I am going to make one for my biker boyfriend...can't wait to get started.

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Michelej7 made it! (author)2008-01-24

I have to hand it to you that is pretty clever. My son would really like that.

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brainspater made it! (author)2008-01-22

Damn dude that is clever.... You could sell the idea to thous goth teen close corps. that how you take a good idea into cash.... Oooooooh a penny!

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wolfsingleton made it! (author)2008-01-17

Wonderful work on this scarf. One question however: I usually weave things out of mason's twine (just sort of a habit), any advice on modifying to work with that?

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-01-18

It's knitted, not woven. Either way, you need two colours of whatever you create it from.

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GorillazMiko made it! (author)2008-01-13

Great job Kiteman! Actually, Kitewife. :-) Oh yeah, check out my newest Instructable if you want, it's about how to woodburn Instructables Robot onto your desired choice! Check it out! :-)

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-01-14

What's this? Spam? On my Instructable??

Already did, G. Nice job.

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GorillazMiko made it! (author)GorillazMiko2008-01-14

Nope, not spam. It's called tinned meat. Just kidding.

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-01-15

I hope you realised I was as well?

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nerfer192 made it! (author)2008-01-14

hey thats pretty cool! its sort of like a hologrammywhosawhatits made out of wool. lucky son......WAIT A SECOND my mom knits too!

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Robyntheslug made it! (author)2008-01-13

Guessing you didn't know about it, but you probably want to credit the source of the free pattern:
http://ysolda.com//wordpress/skull-illusion-knit-scarf/

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-01-14

! There's always something, isn't there?

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2008-01-14

Sorted now, thanks for reminding me Robyn.

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Robyntheslug made it! (author)Robyntheslug2008-01-14

_ thanks for posting that! Now anyone can make one!

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ERNesbitt made it! (author)2008-01-13

Excellent job to Kitewife! Very nicely done!.

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Weissensteinburg made it! (author)2008-01-13

<3

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Brennn10 made it! (author)2008-01-13

Wow, that is a sweet scarf!

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