©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2017
Counting Panes
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Printed Counting Panes are an adaptation of our highly acclaimed knitted Counting Pane. The original knitted version, which was made in 1996, was bought by the Mathematics Collection of the Science Museum (London). We have since made two more knitted Counting Panes which have frequently been exhibited throughout UK and featured in Educational, Craft, and Science magazines and web sites.
A knitted Counting Pane takes over 100 hours to make so we now sell a booklet of
instructions for anyone wanting to make their own .... and hand

The number 2 is shown by a red crescent. Every number that divides by 2 has a red crescent in its square.


The number 3 is shown by a blue triangle. Every number that divides by 3 has a blue triangle in its square.


There is a different symbol for each number, up to 10.


There is no symbol for 1 as it would appear in every square.


The multiples of 8 are 8, 16, 24, 32, etc.


The factors, or divisors, of 8 are 2, 4, 8 (and 1).


Some prime number squares are not empty. These are in the top row where the pattern for the tables is established.


Although the number 1 is shown as an empty square it is not now considered to be a prime number. A detailed explanation can be found here.

The Mathematics

A plain wooden pole, or broom handle, trimmed to size, with a cup hook screwed into each end.


A rigid extending curtain rod.

The Prints
Applique 
Block Prints 
Counting Panes 
Enscriptions 
Screen Prints 
Circular Prints 
Colour effects 
Halves 
Illusions 
Irrationals 
Pentominoes 
Weaving Patterns 
Castor & Pollux 
Earpiece 
Flamingo 
Golden Earring 
Penrose 
Wild Oats 
Crossover Halves 
Points of Sail 
Set Sail 
Steeplechase Halves 
Boxed In 
Hexentricity 
Holes and Corners 
Rose Windows 
Runabout 
The Other Man's Grass 
Tripartite 
Window Pains 
Irrational Boxes 
Irrational Flowers 
Irrational Folds 
Irrational Roofs 
Bunch of Fives 
Moons and Nooms 
Pentamoons 
Fleece Basketry 
Leather Basketry 
Tickled Pink 
Willow the Wisp 
Enscription 1A 
Enscription 1C 
Enscription 1D 
Enscription 1E 
Enscription 2A 
Cracking Codes 
Crosswise 
Interference 
Ring Binders 
Stitchwork 
Topspin 
To the Point 
Web of Intrigue 
Wheels Within Wheels 
Whirlpools 
Window Boxes 
Bracelets 