View Full Version : Picking up the needles again
11-05-2012, 01:04 PM
I'm working on a pattern from Ravelry called Caramel. It's a free pattern, and I just was drawn to how cozy it looked. I'm doing it in grey and a grey blueberry color. It's been a little while since I've knitted, and picking it up again was relaxing and , stressful ,lol. I think you know what that can be like. Keeping track of where I am with my written instructions are a little difficult lately and a true test to weather or not I should see the optometrist soon:wink: So, to keep on for now, I've written down row by row what I've done. Have you seen these new APP's they have? I have to ask my daughter or grandson how I can try them, it sure is less trouble having to stop and rewrite a pattern :wink: Have you any tips for this young senior citizen ? What are you working on lately ? Best to one and all.:knitting: elise :heart:
11-05-2012, 02:08 PM
Hi, welcome to the forums.
A quick search at ravelry for caramel, knitting, free yielded this: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#craft=knitting&view=captioned_thumbs&query=caramel&availability=free&sort=best Is one of them what you're working on?
I like to print out my patterns in a font large enough to read easily but not too large. Then I mark the pattern page up like crazy and make lots of notes.
Jan in CA
11-05-2012, 02:09 PM
You posted this in The Blog Forum. Did you mean to start a blog thread? This forum doesn't get many views or much feedback. It's more personal like most blogs. If you posted here by accident I can move this to the General Forum.
11-06-2012, 04:01 AM
Thank you for the warm greeting and great suggestions. Yes, if it is more appropriate to move this to another general location that would be very appreciated. Also, the instructions for the photos etc. were so nice to have . They are clear, and should help in the future.
Again, thank you. It's nice of you to take the time to help me.
11-06-2012, 04:14 AM
Good morning GG,
The cardigan I'm working on is caramel by Isabell Kraemer . This is the first project I'll actually be knitting for myself. I'm as so very grateful for your sharing how you manage the instructions, I am on the case today, increasing the font size and marking as I go . A Fantastic idea ! It was so kind of you to reply to my thread , and make it more understandable to me in keeping track of things. :) I still will be going to the eye doctor , however.
Again, thanks so very much for your kindess.
Jan in CA
11-06-2012, 04:21 PM
You're welcome! Welcome to Knitting Help!
Now that we've got your post in General Forum you'll get more responses. What are you looking for in a app? And what type of phone or device do you have or want the app on?
11-06-2012, 04:32 PM
I'm glad I could help. I've come across lots of tips here and I'm trying to implement at least some of them. I've got to get some row counter things to keep track of pattern rows (I tried linking stitch markers but that didn't work very well) and I've now got a laptop computer so some patterns I look at on the screen and can highlight the part I'm working on. Welcome back to knitting. That's a cute sweater, looks like fun.
11-17-2012, 10:45 AM
I just recently purchased Knit Counter Pro. I have looked at it but have not really used it yet. It does look like a great app, though. Here is a link that talks about this app and a few others that you might be interested in: http://www.knittingyarn.com/top-knitting-yarn-apps.html The app I'm referring to is #3 on the list.
11-17-2012, 12:01 PM
Thank you for the suggestions,I will read them more carefully later. I do have a question about if this or all necessitates a cell phone , or ipad, or those type of products ? I don't own a cell phone (I'm a hold out, I know. It's just that I feel even an ordinary telephone has become an intrusion rather than a convenience to me. I digress. I do own a laptop, and wanted to know if this is something that could be applied to a regular (non Apple) style computer. I have tried the suggestion from GG , which I'm using and (highlighting) and it is working nicely. I'm open to more ideas and comparisons in how much can be stored . Originally, I was as best be described as rewriting the pattern, and crossing off where I left off , it was terrible and tedious. I just didn't feel very enthusiastic about knitting that way. As I'm getting older I need to keep track to lessen mistakes and frustration. :aww: :grphug:
11-17-2012, 12:37 PM
I downloaded this app to my iPad, and I do think this particular app is designed for the iPad. I'm not familiar with any computer programs that do the same thing.
I do what GrumpyGranmma does. I print out a copy of my pattern and write all over it. I do use pencil, however. I've been known to need to erase. :)
11-17-2012, 12:57 PM
Welcome to KH and welcome back to knitting.
Making the font larger in a print out is a great idea. I don't do that (yet), but I do often copy and paste patterns from PDFs into Word documents and then double space them before printing them out. I also take out extraneous information and change serif fonts (such as Times and Times New Roman) to Arial making it easier to read.
If I'm doing a repeating pattern, say, for a lace scarf, I stick a paperclip on the side of the paper to mark which row I'm on and then I move it up and down as I work through the repeats. This works pretty well because the paperclip is highly unlikely to fall off and/or get moved around easily.
I've used a sticky note to mark charts; however, I'm always afraid the note will come off and I'll lose my place. So I often mark the chart in pencil, too, especially if I know I'm going to be away from the project for awhile.
Those are my semi-low-tech ways of keeping my place in patterns.
11-17-2012, 01:29 PM
Hi and welcome back to knitting and to the forum!
I take a low tech approach and use sticky notes to mark my place in a pattern. I like a copy of the pattern that I feel free to mark up or write on the back of. And I find it especially helpful for Aran patterns or multiple cable patterns, to mark the different stitch combinations in different color highlighter. It just makes it easier to see a glance which stitches I should be using.
Jan in CA
11-17-2012, 02:19 PM
You certainly don't need any high tech devices to knit. The term app is generally applied to applications on smart phones and tablets so when you said app I just assumed that's what you needed. If you just want to see what these apps look like many of them have websites you can read about them on.
I'll find a few and add them here in a little while.
11-17-2012, 06:43 PM
I will mark up the pattern pages, more so with printed pdf's rather than my books...but more so to highlight the numbers for the size I'm knitting. (I'd characterize myself as a sweater knitter)
Beyond highlighting the numbers on my pattern page, I write the pattern up, piece by piece, in a notebook. Here is an example of my notes. I essentially "knit" the entire sweater before ever casting on. A "virtual knit" if you will. There isn't a sweater that I don't work out this virtual knit beforehand. Yes, it takes time, but it helps me get all the details of the sweater pieces clearly in mind and sorted out. I rarely need to frog or tink. So after my note pages are written up (using my own knitterly language and shorthand, as you can see)...my knitting zooms along...because I have really already knit the sweater in my mind and on paper. (I've blurbed out the name of the cardigan...and all 6 pieces of the cardigan are not shown. No copyright infringement.)
11-18-2012, 06:17 AM
Different color highlighters, what a great idea !
11-18-2012, 09:56 AM
I keep track of where I am in the pattern by simply writing down row numbers and making a mark when I finish that row. When done with that section I go back and write on the pattern what changes I made, if any, and how many rows I did for what section. That way if I use the pattern again I know what I did previously. It may be more tedious, but it works for me. Also helps when I have to take the project in to my LYS for help when I get stuck as they have a better idea of where I am in the pattern.
Welcome back to knitting.
11-18-2012, 03:23 PM
Hello and welcome...back to knitting.
Some great ideas above. I copy the pattern in paper and mark it up and place it back with the original. If I do that pattern again, then I read the markings from the previous time.
Most of my recent patterns are from magazines on-line so I end up highlighting and making notes in a txt file and add it to the pattern file. I can look it up when I need to, on my Android pad and add in notes easily.
Good luck with your project. I just finished a little dress see the thread in the "Whatcha knitting section" I'm on to a set of wrist gloves with multiple layer/colors from Knit picks Pattern Light layers mItts by Jennifer de Graf!:mrgreen:
11-18-2012, 04:24 PM
Wow! Thank you for all the instructions and tutorial photos. That was Spectacular and so Kind of you.
It's also a great way to keep notes on a past project, too.