I found it very hard to grasp how shadow knitting/ illusion knitting works, either from seeing Steve Plummer's handiwork, or from the description in Høxbro's book. (Though her account makes perfect sense now that I do understand it, so I cannot blame her description.) The only thing to do was to try it, so I chose one of the smallest pieces in the book, a small bag with a heart shape on each side. The pink/orange yarn is left over from my Zigzag top; the contrast yarn is plain navy blue.
I knit the first side on a hot and crowded train journey to Scotland a couple of weeks ago, and was grateful for the distraction. I made a couple of changes to the pattern. The original has a different pair of colours for the top and bottom half of each side of the bag, but that seems to me unnecessarily fussy for such a small piece. And the heart is outlined in buttons (the pattern is called "Button Heart Bag", in fact), but I think that would spoil the effect of only being able to see the heart clearly from some angles.
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