Optical Illusion Scarf

Flickr user mamassage knitted this cool anamorphic scarf that looks like it’s just another stripped scarf until you see it from the right angle -then it reveals a hidden alien pattern between the stripes. Even if you stare at it long enough without tilting it, you’ll eventually see the aliens, but I doubt you’d really notice while someone was wearing the scarf.

It’s a little like this striped Garfield picture Vurdlak posted back in April. A good knitter could even make a scarf from that, although Garfield would undoubtedly appeal to an entirely different crowd than the alien from this scarf.

Personally, I’d love to wear a something like this, knowing I was the only one who would know about the illusion for the most part. Would you guys wear this or at least one with a similar illusion knitted in?

Optical Illusion Scarf

P.S. Here’s another example that found it’s way through. Thank youTrevor for sending this in!


26 Replies to “Optical Illusion Scarf”

    1. I found the book, what page? I can do a Garfield pattern if I can figure out the basics.

  1. I think it is awesome! I would wear it for sure! I’m kind of amazed on how great a of artist they are. I crotchet and it is not easy to put something like this in a scarf.

  2. Thats pretty cool and yeah I’d wear a scarf like that, to be one of the few people who understand the significance of the scarf would be awesome!

  3. There are patterns for the alien scarf and the heart one in a book called Stitch ‘n Bitch. I knitted both about 7 years ago and still have the book. Have done the alien one several times.

  4. my mom made one of those years ago for my choir teacher. it was black and white stripes with music notes hidden in it.

  5. Thanks for the kudos, everyone! I originally knit this back in 2007. As several folks have stated, the design can be found in the Stitch n Bitch books…I believe the first one. I just moved, so I don’t have them handy. But check the books out, if you haven’t already. Even though they’ve been out for a few years, there’s a lot of inspiration to be found within their pages.

    Again, thanks everybody.


  6. OMG!! Is that the alien design from stitch n’ bitch? I’m working on that. but in the colors that she recommended. (Green and Black) :) I like the heart one too

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