Counting Pane - PDF pattern for knitted afghan

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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)