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Feature patterns are preferred over sketch patterns. They rebuild faster and make more sense. I see, maybe you're trying to do a sketch driven pattern. Still, I'd skip the sketch and just do a linear feature pattern.
When using a sketch pattern, you have to select both of the "Add dimensions" boxes, plus the "add angle dim" or whatever it says. Without those dimensions, it's just a floating underdefined pattern.
I agree that SW feature patterns are far better, and this is how I normally do it because I can never get the pattern to do what my mind wants it to do!! Sometimes it is convenient to pattern in the sketch (at least it was when I used Inventor).
I tried the add dimensions and angle and I found that with these checked the pattern remains square with the positions space defined, but the whole pattern is still free to spin about the base entity. So the pattern requires additional constraints which makes no sense to me.
Add a horizontal or vertical relation to one of the construction lines.
Really, for this one you can use a feature pattern.
Sketch patterns suck. Matt and Sven-Erik are apparently too nice to say something like that, although Matt isn't known for biting his tongue. Why it is so clumsy is one of the mysteries of SW. In those rare cases when I have felt compelled to use them, I have had to go through the same silly pattern of giving SW all the information it needs, then giving it the same information again with sketch dimensions and relations. I think Sven-Erik came up with the best solution.