June 4, 2023

Opt Art

This pattern also appeals to the developmental process of infant vision. Babies are born color blind, and with very poor vision (about 20/400 for a normal infant at birth. They are naturally attracted to high contrast, black and white images, since these are more distinct to them. From a distance of a foot or so, a newborn will be able to distinguish only the larger stripes on the edge of the blanket, with the thinner ones fading away into a solid gray, as the baby matures, the thinner stripes will become distinct. To an adult, however, it’s a fun, funky pattern with an optical illusion of a square tunnel spiraling away.


by Melissa Dominguezl.

Small[Large] (Black and white shown in size Small, pink and white shown in size Large.)

Small: 38 inches square
Large: 48 inches square

Knit Picks Swish DK [100% superwash merino; 123yd/112m per 50g ball ]; 4[6] balls each color
spacer [A] Coal [Petal]
spacer [B] White (both versions)

Recommended needle size:
spacer 2 US #7/4.5mm circular needles, 32 inches or longer
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below — every knitter’s gauge is unique]

spacer 2 stitch markers
spacer Safety pin or split ring marker (optional)

Find the free knitting pattern here: link

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