Reverse Pattern Puzzle: Extreme

Posted by Kathleen Fasanella on May 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm / Pattern Puzzle / Trackback

Marie-Noëlle submits this suggestion for today’s pattern puzzle. As you can see, it’s extremely complex so I’m not sure if we should laud or pillory her!


Determining the garment from the pattern may not be as difficult as it seems. The original orientation is with the left side at top (I had to change it to get it to fit here). Its designer laid out the pieces according to placement. Meaning (for example) that pieces that are joined together are laid adjacent to each other.

sample_joining_ppIf you compare to the illustration above to the image I modified at right, you’ll notice the notching was done carefully to line up pieces. The red arrows indicate the preliminary joining steps of the first three pieces. The blue arrows indicate how the 3 piece [whatever it’s called] is joined to the roundish with one side flattish, piece. Good luck with the piece naming conventions for this pattern!

You know the rules.  No fair naming the originator etc. Do your best work and leave a link to what you’ve come up with in comments. Good luck and as always, have fun!

PS. I’ve seen the garment made from this pattern -and I’m not sure it helps. For what it’s worth, I will be going by the pattern to construct the design, not the garment.

9 Responses to “Reverse Pattern Puzzle: Extreme”

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May 3rd, 2011
6:15 AM

the top of the pattern (left in the image) doesn’t look to complicated, I’ll print it and put it together, cool!

May 3rd, 2011
7:20 AM

so far i’ve come up with this: I’m confused!

May 4th, 2011
5:46 AM

Hannah, Thank you for posting. I was tempted to print and join the pieces but did not have the time.

May 7th, 2011
8:45 PM

I’ve figured it out! Am I allowed to tell?

May 8th, 2011
6:58 PM
May 11th, 2011
11:39 PM

hey Ed T your comment has been deleted, too bad, but I saw it just in time to have the solution and a great website too! With drawings that look like the comic series ‘Orbital’…

May 12th, 2011
6:30 AM

Hannah: Ed’s comment wasn’t deleted, it was unpublished and I wrote him when I did it.

The reason is, spilling the beans is contrary to the spirit of the game and I ask people not to post spoilers in my entry. It’s how the pattern puzzle series works. Ed isn’t the only person who knew the source. I post the source when I do my follow up entry.

May 16th, 2011
5:59 PM

Did I miss the follow-up entry?

July 21st, 2011
12:58 PM


I know you are busy doing lots of other stuff–however a few of us would love to know the solution to this puzzle. Please post or allow someone else to post the solution–it’s been over two months.

thank you

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