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Old 11-17-2012, 12:57 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:29 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:19 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #14
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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.)





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Old 11-18-2012, 06:17 AM   #15
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Different color highlighters, what a great idea !
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:56 AM   #16
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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.
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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!
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:24 PM   #18
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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.
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