Choc-mint illusion Dalek

Saturday, July 10, 2010

At home today celebrating my mum and brother's birthdays - Here are the two crafty gifts I made for my brother this year :)

He likes to spend late nights on the computer so needed some typing gloves to keep his hands warm. Working out how to make 'boy size' gloves was much harder than matching my own hands. Had to keep recruiting boys to try them on as I went. Used up lots more wool than normal too! Used rib as a way to adjust for slightly unknown size and I like how they came out.

And the much bigger project - my Choc-mint Dalek!

This was made with the technique illusion knitting, which allows you to create an image that is only seen from certain angles. This free [2011 update: now £1] pattern was created by Woolly Thoughts and you can find some other illusion patterns there including David Tennant, Mona Lisa and various Harry Potter characters (definitely worth a look!).
(view Dalek pattern on ravelry)

I found the design created a great effect, but required a lot of concentration to follow the chart - which for a person like me who is always jumping on and off trains was difficult and not very enjoyable - but that's from a person whose passion is the making up of new patterns rather than the actual knitting of them.

Another illusion knit I love the idea of is slippedstitch's Wonderland Socks which if I ever decide to knit socks will be the first place I go.

Was also doing some cleaning of my room so that mum can have a bit more space without all my childhood stuff cluttering up my room, and I found my first attempt at knitting from when I was about ten ^_^

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  1. Oh my gosh! =D
    I just found your blog, and have now bookmarked it. I love love love LOVE Doctor Who and am quite thankful that my best friend crochets. :)
    I can't wait for some David Tennant dolls to come my way. Hopefully he won't think it's creepy when he finally asks me out. XD (I wish.)
    But yes, please keep crocheting.

    -Olivia :D

  2. @Olivia
    Thanks Olivia!
    very happy you've enjoyed looking around my blog ^_^
    Not sure if you're a torchwood fan but there might be a captain jack coming out soon too :)
    Good luck with your convincing others to crochet you some doctors :p

  3. That illusion knitting is very cool - well done . I still have some of my first knitting too. i actually knit a jumper (which i actually wore!!!).

  4. Well done on finishing the Dalek illusion pattern! I know you've been working on it for a long time, and it looks ace!

    The gloves look great too :) Your brother must be very happy with them!

  5. @Del
    Thank you :) aww that's great! A jumper would be heaps more impressive than this wonky scarf :p
    I moved on to inventing soft toys quickly after this and only now am moving back towards more practical things :p

  6. @Sally
    Thanks! It took sooo long but yep -I think it turned out well enough. I kept putting it off for other smaller projects so it probably dragged out more than it should have. Ended up cutting out quite a few rows to get it done in time :p

  7. I love the illusion dalek. I'm having trouble opening the page for the free pattern. did you save the pattern? could you post it too?

  8. @Anonymous Hello, looks like the link for the Dalek has changed and it is now here:

    It looks like it is also now a paid pattern for £1. You can get it from the online order form here: or buy in in Ravelry