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MERE BAGATELLE

Starting at brick number one, and always moving forwards, how many different paths can you take to reach the brick at the bottom?

The answer is on the brick : 924

This design is a section of Pascal's triangle turned through 45 degrees. If you turn it so that the number 924 is at the bottom then the number on each "brick" is the sum of the two numbers above it.

The mathematics of this design is related to the old-fashioned bagatelle games. Hence, the title.

The answer is on the brick : 924

This design is a section of Pascal's triangle turned through 45 degrees. If you turn it so that the number 924 is at the bottom then the number on each "brick" is the sum of the two numbers above it.

The mathematics of this design is related to the old-

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Mere Bagatelle

Mere Bagatelle

RELATED DESIGNS

NUMBER AFGHANS

CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION

Each brick is made separately in filet crochet.

The bricks are stitched or crocheted together.

CROCHET INFORMATION

Mere Bagatelle is made from 49 similar bricks, each in a different colour.

This is an ideal design for using up small amounts of left over

yarn.

Any type of yarn can be used but all the yarns should be of the same thickness to make regular sized bricks.

Mere Bagatelle is a representation of Pascal’s Triangle.

The American mathematician Martin Gardner said:

The American mathematician Martin Gardner said:

The pattern is so simple that a 10 year old can write it down, yet it contains such inexhaustable riches and links with so many seemingly unrelated aspects of mathematics, that it is surely one of the most elegant number arrays.

Although this pattern is named after Blaise Pascal (1623 -

The diagram shows why it is called a triangle. The afghan design uses only the part shown in red. The numbers in the pattern are generated by adding two adjacent numbers together and writing the total underneath. It could be continued for ever.

The afghan design was inspired by a problem which involves counting the number of different ways it is possible to reach any given stone, starting with the 1 at the top and always moving forwards. The answers are those given in the triangle.

The numbers in the afghan are deliberately made difficult to read so that it is not immediately obvious that the answer is given in the puzzle.

1

1

1

1

2

1

1

3

3

1

1

4

6

4

1

1

5

10

10

5

1

1

6

15

20

15

6

1

1

7

21

35

35

21

7

1

1

8

28

56

70

56

28

8

1

1

9

36

84

126

126

84

36

9

1

1

10

45

120

210

252

210

120

45

10

1

1

11

55

165

330

462

462

330

165

55

11

1

1

12

66

220

495

792

924

792

495

220

66

12

1