Is it as simple as creating a circle and doing step and repeat at an angle?

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This is a blend between the outer circle and the inner ellipse.

  1. Draw both ellipse and circle, both with a stroke colour and no fill.

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  1. Align their centers so they overlap.
  2. Select the 'blend' tool.

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  1. Click once on the top anchor of the circle.
  2. Then click the right-hand anchor of the ellipse.
  3. Double-click the blend tool in the toolbox to have a dialog box pop up.
  4. In the box, enter the option 'specified steps' in the drop-down, and choose a number of steps around 20, then click OK.

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    I prefer to use a Spirograph
    – Ryan
    Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 17:38
  • Absolutely superb answer Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 19:56
  • This is the kind of thing I usually discover when NOT trying to achieve such an effect. Nice explanation of the steps.
    – Stonetip
    Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 21:59
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    What causes it to "flip" and cross over like it does? Is the order of selecting the anchors significant?
    – anon
    Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 22:14
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    Ah, okay, so the rotation is provided by telling the top anchor to go to the right. Thanks!
    – anon
    Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 22:20

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