Yesterday’s task of going through all of your knitting and crochet books, pattern books and magazines was a big one. Some of you were overwhelmed by it or didn’t have the time to work on it. No worries. We’ll continue working on our our patterns through the weekend. And remember, don’t feel like you have to keep up with each task every day. Do the tasks you feel like you need to work on. And come up with your own schedule. I suggested to someone yesterday that instead of 31 Days to Get Organized, make it 31 Weeks to Get Organized, one task each week. This blog series will be waiting for you when you’re ready.
Now moving onto today’s task of organizing our single patterns. First step is to go through all of them and figure out what to keep and what to get rid of. Some things to consider while you’re sorting through your patterns:
- Is this a duplicate copy of a pattern? Do I have this in a book or magazine?
- Do I have an electronic version of this pattern that can take the place of the hard copy?
- Do you not like the pattern anymore?
- Did you start the pattern, got stuck, too hard to follow, or lost interest?
- Have you already made the pattern and won’t make it again?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the pattern might belong in the get rid of pile.
Next step is to figure out how you want to sort your patterns.
- By date, newest in front or newest in back
- By designer or company
- By craft – knitting and crochet
- By completion – finished but will make again in one section, haven’t started yet in another section
- By type of garment – sweaters, blankets, hats, etc.
Once you have an idea how you want to sort your patterns, you’ll have a better idea how you want to store them. I used to store mine in 3-ring binders. Now I’ve switched to hanging files. Here are some examples of ways people organize their patterns.
- Hanging Files – easy to put away patterns, but files can get messed up more easily
- 3-Ring Binders (with patterns in plastic sleeves so you don’t have to punch holes in your patterns) – keeps your patterns well sorted, but takes more time to pull out a pattern and put it back
- Magazine Files – basically a vertical pile, but if you don’t have many patterns, very easy to set up
- Expanding Files – a lot like hanging files but more portable, but also more difficult to change your categories
- 2 Pocket Folders – could work well stored in magazine files
- Digital copies – scan your patterns to create digital copies (more on organizing digital patterns this weekend), then store your hard copies in a box out of the way
When deciding on a method to sort and store your single patterns, consider the size of your collection, if space is an issue, how easy you want retrieval to be, and the ease of keeping your system up to date and organized.
What’s your favorite way to organize your knitting and crochet patterns?