Counting Pane

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Counting Pane Pattern


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Knitting: Counting Pane
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Skill Level:

little skill level requirement Novice

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Garter stitch
  • Picking up stitches

Pattern Description:

Let your children learn number facts without even trying, with this colourful afghan or wall-hanging.

The design consists of 100 squares in a 10 x 10 grid. The squares across the top row represent the numbers 1 -10, the second row 11 - 20, and so on. The colours show which numbers, from 1 - 10, divide into the numbers represented by the squares. For example the number 2 is represented by yellow. Every number that will divide by 2 has yellow in its square. Red represents the number 3 so all numbers that divide by 3 have red in their square. Each colour shows a different multiplication table. There are 10 colours that must be distinctly different from each other, plus a contrast colour for the lines between the squares.

It is very easy to knit the coloured strips. It is like knitting ten narrow scarves. You then need to pick up stitches along the edges to knit the borders. This is also very easy to do on garter stitch.

The original Counting Pane was bought by the Science Museum (London)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 125 cm (50") square


  • DK yarns
  • Blue : 1100 metres (1200 yards)
  • Yellow : 330 metres (360 yards)
  • Red : 220 metres (240 yards)
  • Green : 130 metres (145 yards)
  • Bright Pink : 140 metres (15 yards)
  • Brown : 70 metres (80 yards)
  • Baby Pink : 100 metres (110 yards)
  • Baby Blue : 60 metres (65 yards)
  • Orange : 60 metres (65 yards)
  • Purple : 50 metres (55 yards)
  • Navy : 620 metres (680 yards)
  • Short needles (approx 3.5 mm)
  • Circular needle for edgings and borders

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