How to create a pattern – Part 14: Which grid to choose

How do you know which grid to use?

First, determine how many blocks are repeated.

Below you see a pattern that consists of ONE block. To demonstrate the repetition, this pattern needs to be drawn on a 4×4 grid. It is not enough to only show the one single block in your step-out!

One Block Pattern

If you want to use a rotation of this one block as shown below, the pattern step-out needs to be drawn on an 8×8 grid. Your base of the pattern consists of a 2×2 block. What used to be the one block, merged 4 blocks to create one block!

Four Block Pattern

Below is an example of the one block consisting of a 3×3 grid. The BASE of the pattern is considered one block that needs to be repeated. That 3×3 grid is now ONE block. To demonstrate the repetition on the step-out, this needs to be drawn on a 6×6 grid because your original block is now divided.

Nine Block Pattern

Count how many blocks the base of your pattern is, then use that base and repeat.

How many blocks is your pattern?

If the base fits in one block, use a 2×2 grid.

If the base requires 4 blocks, use a 4×4 grid.

When the base consists of 9 blocks, use a 6×6 grid etc.

You have to repeat the base of your pattern – that one block that might be divided into multiple sections!

Either I confused you even more now, or this is very clear 😉


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