Here's a little TRICK to make working with grids a TREAT!
When Linda Farmer posted the new pattern Bumpkenz by Beth Snoderly I could not wait to work with it. As a matter of fact, I liked it so much that I included it in "It's a String Thing" #12.
(In my enthusiasm to get the message out, I misspelled the pattern name in my initial post. My apologies to Beth and my thanks to Linda for bringing it to my attention.)
Yesterday, I sat down to draw up the steps for the tangle in my pattern notebook. Perhaps it was my mood or the distractions around me, but I had the hardest time learning it. I'd start with a grid, slice it diagonally, and draw the Bumpkenz. Every time I ended up with squished, odd shaped orbs - nothing as pleasing as the intended outcome.
It took the better part of the morning to figure out where I veered off the intended path. In the process, I stumbled upon a little trick about grids. I may be the last tangler to figure this out, but just in case this helps someone, here is what I found...
If a square grid is lined vertically in each direction like so:
- the result in each of the smallest squares on the grid is a unit comprised of four triangles.
When you draw a tangle on the diagonal line in one of these square units, you work in a triangular shape.
On the other hand, if a square grid is lined vertically in each direction - in every other row - like so:
- the result in each of the smallest squares on the grid is a unit comprised of two triangles. When you draw a tangle on the diagonal line in one of these square units, you work in a square.
The latter is the base structure of the new tangle Bumpkenz. I tried in vein to work it into the first type of grid and all too slowly realized why my orbs were so squished; the tangle was fitted to a triangle not a square as it was intended.
Hopefully, I can save you some time and trouble by posting my notes. I call them "Baby Steps" because I needed simple, simple steps!
Give Bumpkenz a try - it's a lovely tangle pattern. Check out "It's a String Thing" #12 and send in your tile. I'd love to hear your stories!
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