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Get an Exclusive Illusion Scarf Pattern in Honor of Croak!

March 20th, 2012

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When former Lion Brand Yarn Studio associate Gina Damico first told us that she was writing a young adult novel called Croak, we thought it was awesome news. But when she told us that she wanted to design an exclusive pattern inspired by the book, we were even more excited!

So what’s Croak about? It’s the story of Lex, a 16 year-old girl who is sent to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of work on his farm will settle her wild ways. But Uncle Mort’s actually a Grim Reaper and he takes Lex under his wing. Join Lex as she explores the world of the reapers, in Gina’s debut novel.

In honor of her novel, Gina’s created an illusion scarf whose pattern you can only see at certain angles. Gina said about her inspiration:

I’ve always been a big fan of illusion knitting – it’s simple, fun, and creates an amazing effect that will impress the socks AND shoes off everyone you show it to. So when thinking about a fun accessory to create in conjunction with the release of Croak, an illusion scarf was the natural choice. Black and red stripes make for a quirky, offbeat look, and since the book is about grim reapers, the colors fit perfectly. As for the design, skulls were a must. They tie in to the plot, they offer a hint of the dark humor within, and as the saying goes, everyone loves a good skull. (I think that’s a saying. Eh, maybe not.) Thanks so much to Lion Brand for the chance to share my designs, and I hope you enjoy both the pattern and Croak!

Click here for the pattern on LionBrand.com!

Croak comes out TODAY and we’re so excited to get our hands on our own copies, so click here to learn more about it on Amazon and get one for yourself!

EDIT (10/18/12): Get the second book in the series, Scorch, now available in bookstores and online!

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  • Janice Eagan

    I LOVE this scarf! I have absolutely no idea how to follow this pattern yet as I’m just now an intermediate knitter thanks to the current Raglan Cardi KAL but dang it, I’m going to figure out how to make this. It’s too cool not to have! Maybe I’ll even buy the book :D

  • Sarah W.

    I would love to see a crochet version of this pattern. Not everybody knits, ya know! :)

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      ┬áHi Sarah, that’s definitely true–in fact, Gina is mostly a crocheter who happened to fall in love with the illusion knitting technique back when she worked at our store. Since she’s on the road promoting her book right now, I don’t know if Gina will have time to create another pattern, but there are some great tutorials on illusion crochet online (hop on Google, Bing, or your preferred search engine and you should be able to find some), which will give you the basics so that you can use Gina’s charts to create your own version. Good luck, and if you do, definitely send us a photo–we’d love to see it!

      • Judy (Colon) Gonzalez

        hmmmm didn’t even think crochet version and that is my strongest strength, all over it now!

  • vrcaton

    Not only do I love illusion knitting, but my daughter loves skulls … and she is interested in reading the book AND wearing the scarf! WIN/WIN

  • Joseph’s Mom

    Please, I’ve just found your site and re-started knitting so I had no idea such a wonderful pattern was available. What fun! Wonder if I can get it done by Hallowe’en? Was there a pattern associated with Croak? If there is, where will I find it? It would be so fun to have both…

  • Joseph’s Mom

    Oops, just figured it all out. Never mind.

  • Cheryl

    I’m not a fan of creepy stuff, but I love the way the illusion knitting works and how it looks! Now could you design some with other images — more tame ones, like an owl or eagle, kitten, puppy, cross, dove, Jesus fish design, etc.? Thanks.

  • Judy (Colon) Gonzalez

    Was planning on designing a scarf for my son like this since we both love skulls when I first saw an illusion scarf of an alien……..now I don’t even have to do the work, awesome, I smell a great xmas gift!

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  • Cinnaberry

    I am thinking that I will try crocheting this using the knit pattern. Will let you know how it turns out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/leslie.sanchez.3910 Leslie Sanchez

      I would sure like to know if you’re successful. I would love to be able to crochet this scarf.

  • Robyn McIntyre

    Very cool

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