Originally Posted by claireweber
The first thing to look at is the size of your cells, width and height.
What size are your cells?
The cells need to be sized correctly in order to be able to fit a pattern repeat on one page. Typically the graphs that you see will be one pattern repeat with bold lines one either side, and if there are additional stitches required to complete the stitch pattern they will be represented on the appropriate side(s) of the pattern repeat.
On the same page that you have your pattern repeat, you can create a cell that is large enough for you to make notes about your project; how many pattern repeats, symbol interpretation, etc.
You can set your print area so that only the pattern repeat and your notes print out.
The entire project can be graphed out on the same page, but you would not typically need to print the entire project.
Because my cells are filled with k or p or the line/row number, the size of the cell is the size of the font, 21 pixels give or take for a 11 sized font.
I guess the problem is, my pattern is diamond shape, so even if I only do the top fourth, it is still too big. (I also have to be smart enough to remember how I'm using that top fourth to make the other third fourths! We won't talk about that part-lol)
I guess it hard to only have the repeating portion printed out because, I'm trying to adjust the diamond shape and if I'm kntting and notice that, "hmm, that's not going to work", I could make a note on the pattern that it needs to be adjusted at that particular spot instead of "four repeats in, the fifth knit doesn't look right". Once the design is done, I think it would be fine to translate it to a repeating "k1 *p2k3*" etc pattern to knit the actual item, it's just these beginning stages that it would be helpful to see most or all of it laid out.
I have the cells colored as well, so maybe I can make the cells really small and know that magenta is the background knit/purl, maroon is the border purl/knit, etc.
I'm being a pain, I know!
I'm inspired by a design and would like to take that inspiration and make my own gloves so some things need to be "just right". You'd think I was making something life altering lol! Thank you for the suggestions, maybe I'll print out one really small "everything is on there" pattern and one just the top repeating corner at a readable size. If I find a problem in the repeating pattern, I can make a note on the overall one.