Creating a Tangle Pattern Step-out: Lesson 5

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By now you should have posted your first pattern step-out.

The patterns you created so far have been CREATED by you. What about deconstructing a pattern? Now THAT’s what I love doing! Taking any pattern I find and trying to figure out a way to make it easy to draw. That is a complete different angle to creating a pattern step-out. And it is NOT easy!

There are a couple of methods that I use, depending on the type of pattern.

Nature: I usually try to draw a flower in a very simplistic way first. Deconstructing my own drawing is normally fairly easy and you should not require instructions for that.

A pattern found somewhere printed .. in a book, on fabric, or on the internet.

THAT becomes tricky! Let’s take an example:

Sample pattern

I am going to create a step-out for this together with you, showing you how I apply my method.

Before you continue, think how you would tackle this problem.

Don’t look yet … think!

And? Did you come to a solution yet?

Don’t cheat!


I am going to keep adding more text, so that you can’t see unless you scroll ..hahahahahaha..

Okay, now that you thought about it, you can continue 🙂

First, I want to identify shapes. The first shape you see is probably the hexagon, right?

Let’s take a closer look:


And you are still looking at the black, red and green shapes, right?

When deconstructing a pattern you need to learn to look at the patterns in a different way!

I see a Zigzag line (purple) – then a vertical line (pink).


And the same further below. Vertical line (green) and zigzag again (blue)


Let’s transfer this to paper. Looks easy to draw so far .. this means, we are on the right track.

Sample deconstruct

Now, how do we get those hexagons in there?

Sample deconstruct1

For a pattern-deconstructor it looks easy. Now we need to translate this into a proper step-out!


And now we are in trouble! 7 steps!!! To represent the original pattern, we would need to add another hexagon in the center.

That’s when I cheat ..haha.. There are multiple ways to reduce the number of steps. You can combine step 3 and 4 into one step for example. It is a repeat of step 1 and 2 anyway. Everyone will understand what to do.

OR, and that’s the option I chose, you add the additional hexagon as a variation. It is easy to understand that all that is needed to get that effect, is to repeat the hex shape in the center. This option leaves the pattern more open for different variations!

Well, I will post this now and continue working on my artwork for that pattern. I want to get Y-Hex online today 🙂

Your task is to find a pattern to deconstruct. If you need help, post it in the group so that we can all learn at the same time!

PLEASE – do NOT pin or share the page. In order to succeed people need to be part of the Facebook group that will support the Lessons! 


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