How to CREATE a tangle pattern step-out – SUMMARY !


This is a quick summary on how to create a good step-out. The detailed version can be found here.

What aspects are important to create a good step-out?

  • The instructions must be very clear and easy to understand.
  • The step-out must be visually appealing.
  • Because we talking drawing by hand, step-outs need to be hand drawn!
  • Avoid text – people from all over the world should be able to understand each step.
  • A good sample of the completed pattern should be included. Not everyone that is tangling is really an artist! That’s the whole point of tangling – enabling non-artists to create beautiful pictures 🙂
  • EACH step must be explained individually. You cannot combine multiple steps in one instruction block.

The following shapes are recognised as part of a step-out on pattern-collections:

Shapes used in Tangle Patterns


If your pattern has 4 steps – let’s say as part of a grid, draw 5 grids on a plain, white piece of paper.

Step 1

See, this is just ordinary white paper – A4 size

Step 2

Add Step 1 in red – then repeat this step with black marker in all the other frames. Made a mistake? Draw an extra grid and cross out the one with the mistake.

Step 3

Do the same with Step 2 – first in red, then repeat the step in all other blocks.

Step 4

Repeat the same with Step 3 and 4. In the last block, mark the shading in green.

Below you will see what I do with your step-outs. I will remove unwanted parts, make the green greener, the black blacker.

Step 5

Step 6

You should provide artwork to show the pattern in an unmodified way. If you want to, you can also include additional artwork featuring a variation.

Here is another example:
We have determined that this pattern consists of 6 steps. In order to keep everything nice and even looking, draw the first step in red and 6 more in black. Just as you would when drawing the pattern itself. Leave enough room between the shapes to allow room for the subsequent steps!

Part 9

Draw Step 2 in red and immediately repeat that step on each heart in black.

Part 10

Why? Because this will ensure that each step looks the same. Continue the same with all the other steps.


Part 11


Add artwork and submit.

Lace Heart by Ina Sonnenmoser

Uploading your step-outs:

  • SCAN your paper at 300 dpi and send it to Nicole Dreyer by email (nicki @

∞ Ina 

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