How to CREATE a tangle pattern step-out PART 2

During our grid journey participants were asked to ‘play’ with different rotations. In lesson 3 they were advised to create a step-out for the new pattern that was discovered. Here is a sample of one of the worksheets:


Carrie thought she had created just ONE pattern. If you would see artwork that features Block A and then you see artwork featuring Block D, would you recognise it as the same pattern? NO!

Can you easily see how A,B,C,D, and E are drawn if the top row is the only step-out you have? NO!

Okay, there is a borderline between A and B because they look very similar. C and D look totally different and the step-out will look different.

I noticed that many of you need more detailed guidance in regard how to create step by step instructions. Do not fear .. Ina is here .. to help 🙂

Once you completed the worksheet, look at the different blocks. If they look different and cannot be recognised as being the same pattern, then it IS a new pattern. Also, if it is difficult to figure out how to draw a variation of the pattern, then it needs it’s own step-out!

Here is a sheet you can use for grid based patterns – please note: GRID based patterns ONLY! Click the image. This loads a new page with the full size image. Right click and either print or download.

Grid pattern step-out creation sheet

You should know a few basics before getting started:

  • Please DRAW the grid as well. It does not look nice if you only add the steps. The printed lines are thinner than your drawing.
  • New steps are drawn in RED.
  • Pencil lines are drawn in GREEN.
  • Shading options and variations are optional.
  • Take your time when drawing the steps. People must be able to see exactly what they should be drawing.
  • In the big 4×4 block should be artwork showing the pattern WITHOUT variations. You can always submit another sheet full of artwork.

Copy paper is rough and soaks up ink. I prefer it if you draw the entire layout on proper paper. But if you insist, then we can work with copy paper 🙂

Here is an example of a step-out for the tile marked C:


All that is missing is the pattern name, author and date. Maybe include your signature in the artwork.

And here is another sample, this time it’s the step-out for tile marked A:


This is all hand drawn. The artwork will be done separately.

As you can see in the 2 different step-outs, the basics are the same, but the rotation is different. Most people would struggle to figure out how to draw the various patterns. Step-outs must be easy to follow. Only if we provide them all the information will people use the patterns! And that is the whole idea behind creating step-by-step instructions. My 10 year-old must be able to follow the steps too! And it must be pretty too if you want people to notice your pattern!

Naming the pattern has been covered on Part 1 of this article.

So, tangle on friends! 🙂



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