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Old 03-07-2013, 11:05 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by RochesterKnitter View Post
It is possible to use multiple colors when knitting.

To get the detail/shadowing you want you would need to use fair-isle/stranded knitting and switch colors every few stitches.

Using smaller/thinner yarn would be better if you want a detailed image. You will have to knit more stitches to get your overall size, but you will have better control over the smaller shapes within the image (curves can look like curves rather than steps).

Here's some inspiration
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...-lisa-illusion
Thanks for the information! I will look at those techniques.

Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
That's a cool idea. Too ambitious for me, but still cool. I hope you keep us informed of your progress. I did a quick search, have you seen this site? http://www.pictureknitting.com/how_to.html They are selling something but it looks like you can get a lot of info and not spend a penny.
Thanks! Will do! I know it will be a while, but I will definitely post progress when I get a good amount finished.

I have seen that site before. For the colour switching, though, would it be better to do the Fair Isle technique, Intarsia, or any others? Also, is making a large photo with 10+ colours in detail even approachable?

Here is another example of a photo with a good amount of colors (set to about 10) and many switches with high details and shadows (indexed for grid reference):
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