Op Art also known as optical art is a style of visual art, a method of painting, that makes use of optical illusions. These works usually made only in black and white give the viewer the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibration, patterns, or alternatively, of swelling or warping. In this baby blanket designed by Melissa Dominguez she was able to create this idea of an optical illusion in knitting. By starting at the center and making increases every row in the same spot, the increases end up making a spiraling square. Using thinner lines in the middle and making them thicker as you move toward the outside edge it makes the viewer believe the center is further away than the outside of the blanket.
This is a wonderful option for a more modern style baby blanket. The pattern is available in a couple different sizes for free on Ravelry, just click here. The one pictured is knitted out of Plymouth Encore in a solid blue and brown tweed, a beautiful washable combination. I want to thank Mikki for knitting this blanket for my third baby, we love it! -B