View Full Version : How do you hold the pattern?
05-21-2007, 08:20 AM
I have been struggling with this for a while. For me, if something is not right then I try over time to figure out what it needs to feel right. That is what I have been going through with my patterns, I have a clipboard to hold it for me and to write on but my clipboard does not stand on its own. I think I have found something that would help but I wanted to see what all of you do with your patterns before I order it from Amazon.
So, the question is how do you hold the pattern so that you can see it while you are knitting? Is it laying down on a table or in your lap?
The one I am looking at is called the Insight Adjustable Book & Copy Holder (http://www.amazon.com/Insight-Adjustable-Book-Copy-Holder/dp/B00006B8MU/ref=sr_1_1/102-3177256-7597741?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1179758988&sr=8-1) from Amazon.com.
I am not sure if it too bulky or what, what do you think?
edited to remove the link that was TOO long!
05-21-2007, 08:25 AM
I was having the same problem.. I like to use magnet boards so I can use the magnet to let me know what row I'm on.. but it didn't stand.. so I ordered this (http://http://www.knitpicks.com/Chart+Keeper_AD80314.html)from knitpicks and you can make it stand but I found that if I didn't fold the pattern then it wouldn't fit very well.. so I ordered this (http://http://www.knitpicks.com/Knee-Sel_ADKneeSel.html)just got it last week.. and it works really well.. you can just place the pattern in the little slat that holds it or you can have a magnet board and place it there.. it has worked really well for me.. it has a place to hold my pencil too so I'm not always losing it :rofling:
05-21-2007, 08:58 AM
I just lay the pattern in my lap, and my pencil in my hair. I can see how those gadgets would be helpful to some, but I know if I were to buy then, they'd get used maybe once, and then never again.
05-21-2007, 10:46 AM
I just have my pattern laying off to the side and I refer to it when I need to. If I'm following a chart and need to see the pattern stitch by stitch, I use the Chart Keeper by Knit Picks.
Jan in CA
05-21-2007, 10:53 AM
I just have the pattern laying next to me, usually on the left which would be sitting on the couch. A piece of paper and pencil is on the arm of the couch on the other side. I haven't done much with charts yet, but I can see how they'd be a problem.
05-21-2007, 11:10 AM
I just have the pattern handy and refer to it as needed. I try to memorize sections so I only have to look at it with instruction changes. The few times I've had to keep a chart or stitch instructions handy I just leave it in my lap.
My LYS sells this (http://www.nancysknitknacks.com/knee-sel.htm). It's nifty.
05-21-2007, 12:25 PM
I have my pattern between the liner of my basket and use a post it arrow to remind me which line I'm on.
05-21-2007, 12:40 PM
On the lap for me!
05-21-2007, 01:11 PM
On the lap and usually half covered by a cat. I also have my clicker row counter and a Susan Bates Peg-It counter which I find useful to count decreases/increases.
05-21-2007, 01:23 PM
I lay the pattern next to me and pick it up when I need it.
05-21-2007, 02:18 PM
for me it's either on my lap or next to me (as long as my cat doesn't steal it)...
05-21-2007, 03:07 PM
I use the knitpick pattern holder also. I like it. The only thing is that it will hold my pencil, but not very well.
05-21-2007, 03:11 PM
I photo copy almost every parttern so I can write on it and highlight which size I'm making. Then I slip it in a plastic page protector and put a post it on the outside to make notes of move to the line I'm on. Then I just put it in my lap.
05-21-2007, 03:15 PM
It hurts my neck and bothers my back.. if I leave it on my lap.. I do memorize when I can.. but when I'm working with lace or charts which seems to be a lot lately I gotta use a chart holder that sits up right.. I think it goes faster don't have to stop look down or pick it up.. but the real reason I bought them and use them was to save my neck and lessen the back pain..:teehee:
05-21-2007, 05:26 PM
I just bought the Staples Desktop Copy Holder and I think it is going to work great for me! :cheering:It has a little guide to keep me on track and I do not need to toss my clipboard as it fits in it!:cheering:
05-21-2007, 06:50 PM
I use a Page Up (http://www.coolsafetyproducts.com/site/898652/page/720995?OVRAW=page%20up%20document%20holder&OVKEY=page%20up%20document%20holder&OVMTC=standard&OVADID=1013680512&OVKWID=6890605512) they come in all kinds of colors, and some are even clear with blue water in them with "fish" floating in there (just don't carry those in your knitting bag, they aren't made to be banged around, carry a solid one-don't ask me how I know that:rollseyes:)
05-21-2007, 07:23 PM
Generally what I use, if I can't lay the pattern out in front of me, is I have a modified clipboard, it's just a normal clipboard, but I had glued a Triangle piece of cardboard to jut out and hold my clipboard upright. Hope this gives you an idea :D
05-21-2007, 08:44 PM
I usually just place my patterns off to the right of me and refer to them when need be. To keep track of where I am in charts, I place a Post-It under the row I'm working on so I can move it up or down depending on where I'm going :teehee:. My patterns usually get crushed though when I adjust myself and don't remember that the paper is there.:oops:
05-22-2007, 08:30 PM
I've found the handiest thing is a Reporter's Notebook - (the ones with the spiral at the top and the ruled pages flip over) - it's not too big to rest on the top of the sofa arm.
I find it handy to write out some of the pattern instructions - it help me to understand them and saves eyeball ache, batting backwards and forwards reading small print.:eyes:
All the Best