We’ve now covered 4, 9 and 16 patch blocks, so it’s now time to look beyond them and into the crazier numbers of 25 patch and beyond, and their associated crazier block layouts.

By the time you get up into the larger patch numbers, it’s easy to be confused by the merging of different areas of a block’s layout.  For example, this is a 25 patch layout, or 5 x 5 layout.  The clue to this is actually in the centre cross, where 5 squares make up the width/height of the block, meaning that the HSTs are actually covering an area that is a 2 x 2 patch:

This is a 36 patch block.  The clue here is that each goose is twice the width of the square in the corner, so you would have a 6 x 6 square layout.  That means that the centre square is a 2 x 2 patch.

Here’s are a couple of 64 patch offering.  They’re a teensy bit mind blowing to look at, but all they are is a combination of squares, rectangles and HSTs, you just need to find the smallest section and count out from there to get your grid.


I hope these make sense, but if you have any questions, please let me know!