Mazes look very complicated but when we first saw a picture of this one we realised
it had close links with The Long and Winding Road. It was really just four triangles
with stripes. The diagonal lines that join the triangles can be seen in the photograph
going from the centre to the corners. It suddenly became much easier to represent
these complex patterns.
Amazement is a plan of the Chevening maze.It was planted between 1818 and 1830 though
it was designed much earlier by the second Earl Stanhope (1714 - 86), who was an
eminent mathematician. It differs from earlier mazes because it cannot be solved
by simply staying to the right (or left) throughout. In this maze that method merely
leads back to the entrance. It is much easier to solve when looking at the picture
than it would be walking through it.
Whenever we exhibit this large numbers of people feel compelled to trace a route
with their fingers. If it is laid on the floor small children delight in running
cars round the paths. These are good reasons for making afghans like these using
yarns which can be washed and dried frequently.
Technically, this is probably the most difficult of our designs. It was the first
where more than one ball of yarn was used at any time. Because of the breaks in the
stripes going across the triangles here there are many places where there are several
balls at once.