View Full Version : Patterns in your knitting bag

Lisa R.
01-05-2011, 10:34 PM
I know we've talked about bags and yarns and accessories, but how do you keep your patterns from getting all messed up in your bag?

When I copy (patterns that I own!) a pattern to carry in my bag, I don't necessarily want to carry a bulky folder or notebook, but I also don't want my papers crumpled amidst yarn and needles and whatnot. I've obviously been managing for years, but I have to wonder--is there a better way?


Jan in CA
01-05-2011, 10:42 PM
My bag is pretty large and has room to stick a pattern w/o it getting crushed too badly, but it does get some crinkles. If I didn't write on it as I'm working I'd keep it in a clear sleeve.

01-06-2011, 09:05 AM
If I use patterns, I typically print them out... and don't really care so much if those get crinkled. My cookbooks get kind of ratty looking, too... lol However, my reading books, calligraphy, drawing, metalworking, etc. all look in pristine condition. I think I just realized with knitting and cooking, it's impossible to keep the stuff looking brand new and I just settle for legible and good to use.

01-06-2011, 11:22 AM
While I don't have the problem of a messy knitting bag (yet!) since I still haven't figured out where I can carry these things, I do have splatters and flour dust ALL OVER my cookbooks.

Tangental: It's like the Velveteen Rabbit (a bedtime story): being used, and well-loved, is much better than being pristine. In the story, the toys that were loved by children in the story turn into real animals when the toys get thrown out, and the main story is about a very well-loved little rabbit. It was one of my favorites as a child.

Return to conversation: I have hand-copied the Palindrome (k2, p2 for 5 rows, then the cable row, it's very simple) onto a 3x5 that I stuck in my wallet. I suppose this wouldn't work with a sweater or something, but you could hand-copy, say, the arm that you're working on at the time.

01-06-2011, 11:34 AM
You could set your printer to print on 3x5 index cards, too... The reason I mention this is because I have problems holding pen or pencil for too long... lol... probably others who have this problem, too. Of course, fat pens and pencils work much better!

01-06-2011, 12:11 PM
I either print a second "working" copy bc I tend to write or make notes and I don't want those scribbled into my books or originals. I also use a basic thin folder that has a flap on each side and usually has 2-3 small projects in it so I pop it into which ever bag I'm going to be working from. I also never simply bookmark a pattern, I also download it and save it to my backup directory on my computer.

01-06-2011, 12:33 PM
I'm OCD, so I take my notebook. Just a simple 1" 3 ring binder that is right now bursting at the seams that I keep in a tote bag. Each pattern is in a sleeve protector, and I try and keep like-patterns together. I also go through constantly and put in new patterns while taking out ones I printed that I have decided I won't use soon. I also keep a pen and my working spiral notebook that I use to keep track of what I'm project I'm doing, as well as what row I'm on, when I started it, the pattern name, etc. Like I said, OCD. :teehee:

But I love the idea of the 3x5s. I use that for a lot of recipes that I find, but never thought of using it for knitting. Thank you!

01-06-2011, 01:42 PM
I mostly use patterns that I've gotten online (either free or purchased). Rather than printing them out I load the PDF files onto my Kindle, which fits nicely into my purse or knitting bag. This avoids the problem of papers constantly being crushed, plus I can have numerous patterns with me at all times without having to sacrifice an enormous amount of space in my bag. It also cuts down on paper usage (save the trees!) since I would otherwise be re-printing new copies each time I wanted to use a pattern. I also usually have a pen and a mini notepad in my bag as well in case I need to make notes or keep track of where I am in my pattern. :thumbsup:

Jan in CA
01-06-2011, 02:28 PM
I should point out that the one in my knitting bag is a the working copy...I never put the original in there. I write things like keeping track of rows or if I change something, etc on the working copy so need it out of a sleeve.

01-06-2011, 02:38 PM
Fun thread!

I'm ADD or ADHD (as yet undiagnosed) so I have several knitting bags and projects in each one, usually without the copied-out pattern, or if in a bag, all crumpled up.

Imagine the thought of organizing your patterns!???....great idea!

01-06-2011, 03:25 PM
I keep copies of patterns I've photo-copied or printed out in a clear plastic sleeve. Then I usually slap a post-it note on the sleeve and keep a running tally on there of what row I'm on and other stuff.

That way it doesn't get all wrinkled/crinkly along the edges before I'm done with it.


Jan in CA
01-06-2011, 03:27 PM
Imagine the thought of organizing your patterns!???....great idea!

Actually...I have a small file cabinet that I keep patterns in. :thumbsup:

01-06-2011, 05:20 PM
Great ideas, everyone!
I confess that most of my patterns are laying in a pile on the bottom shelf of the little end table beside my recliner. They are in no particular order... (shame on me!)
When I'm knitting, I hate to stop... mainly because I won't remember what I'm doing if I do... so I have little slips of paper all over the place telling me what to do when I get back to it.
Not real handy... but so far it has worked... sort of....
Love the idea of photocopying the originals... My originals are covered in notes... not good.
Bad TEMA, bad TEMA :)

01-27-2011, 12:16 PM
I have a small 4 by 6 spiral bound notebook where I write down all my good patterns. I have to page through it a lot, but at least they're all in one place and I know where to find them. It's amazing how quickly you forget how to do a pattern if you haven't done it for a while.

01-27-2011, 01:22 PM
I don't have too many yet - maybe five? - but right now they're stuck in a book. I don't take complicated projects out and about (I'd lose count and screw it all up) so I never have need to carry them. When I take knitting out, (so far) it's just a garter st scarf! Easy peasy.