How to CREATE a pattern step-out

How it starts


This is how the step out should have looked when submitting:

Spiralfence too

How to CREATE a pattern step-out – SUMMARY !

This is a quick summary of how to create a good step-out.

Here is a short list to help you to submit a decent pattern step out 🙂

  • plain white paper (no colors, no grid, no dots or lines)
  • pen: red for every new step
  • pen: black for every step which is done (don’t use a too thin one! suggestion is 0,4mm)
  • pencil: if you want to draw a guideline with a pencil please use a green pen
  • the pattern has 1-6 steps (exceptions may have 7 steps)

Here are a few templates which you can use:

Template plain paper with numbers

Template plain paper with grid boxes 2x2  Template plain paper with grid boxes 4x4 test



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.
  • The step-out must clearly show repetition.
  • 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!
  • EACH step must be explained individually. You cannot combine multiple steps in one instruction block.

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


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 an 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.


This shows how the step out and artwork will look when we put it on the website template.

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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