Volume 1 No. 1 (Winter 1974) to Volume 7 No. 2 (Summer 1981) inclusive were in A5 size. It was a poetry magazine only.
Volume 7 No.3 (Winter 1981) and Volume 8 No.1 (Spring 1981) were published in A4 size and the format was changed to include short stories.
Volume 9 No.1 (January - February 1982) through to Volume 9 No.6 (November - December 1982) were published in A4 size and incorporated into Fremantle Arts Centre Broadsheet.
From January 1983, Patterns was re-numbered to be identical with the Fremantle Arts Centre Broadsheet. (ie Both publications commenced 1983 with Volume 2. No. 1 January-February 1983).
From January 1986, Patterns, ceased to be a separate publication, appearing as a section of Fremantle Arts Review.